Dylan Hartley among three forwards cited on damaging weekend for England

first_imgThe low-end entry point for striking is two weeks so, even if he were found guilty, Hartley’s chances of featuring in England’s opening Test against Argentina on 11 November remain reasonably good. He received a six-week ban in December 2016 for striking the Leinster flanker Sean O’Brien in a Champions Cup match and this latest incident has come at an awkward moment for Hartley, with Saracens’ Jamie George mounting a strong case for his England starting jersey.Marler is also back in the dock, this time for dropping a forearm on Wasps’ Will Rowlands during Harlequins’ heavy defeat in Coventry. The prop’s defence will be based on Rowlands’ apparent failure to release his leg following a tackle but his actions did not impress the Irish citing commissioner, Murray White. Both players will have their cases heard by a three-man panel comprised of England’s Jeremy Summers, Wales’s Rhian Williams and the former Scotland coach Frank Hadden.Jones will also be keeping a close eye on the outcome of Hughes’s hearing after the No8 was cited for a dangerous tackle on Harlequins’ young fly half Marcus Smith in the same match. England do not have a massive amount of cover in that position following injuries to Billy Vunipola and Jack Clifford. Wasps Rob Andrew: ‘I’m not being alarmist … the game is getting worse, not better’ Share on Facebook Since you’re here… … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp Harlequins Eddie Jones’s plans for the autumn Tests are in danger of being severely disrupted after three of his strongest forwards were cited following the weekend’s European fixtures. England’s captain, Dylan Hartley, the prop Joe Marler and the No8 Nathan Hughes must all now attend disciplinary hearings in London on Wednesday.Hartley, no stranger to judicial panels having racked up 60 weeks in suspensions during his career, has been cited for striking the head of the Clermont Auvergne prop Rabah Slimani as he cleared out a ruck in the first half of Northampton’s defeat on Saturday. The 31-year-old was sent to the sin-bin but World Rugby’s zero tolerance policy on head injuries has prompted the citing official, Scotland’s Douglas Hunter, to decide the hooker has a fresh case to answer. ‘Everything has to be earned,’ Dylan Hartley tells Saracens’ Jamie George Reuse this content Read more Support The Guardian Share on Twittercenter_img Read more Dylan Hartley Topics news Rugby union Share on Messenger Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Northampton England rugby union team Share on Pinterest Hughes, voted Sunday’s man of the match, would leave a sizeable hole if he were to be sidelined as well. The Wasps man received a citing commissioner’s warning only last month for striking the neck and face of Bath’s Taulupe Faletau while carrying the ball.Neither of the two in-form Premiership alternatives, Exeter’s Sam Simmonds and Bath’s Zach Mercer, have a cap between them and Jones has hitherto shown little inclination to revert to more experienced names like Gloucester’s Ben Morgan or Simmonds’ team-mate Thomas Waldrom.In addition to Marler, Harlequins have had another forward cited following Sunday’s 41-10 defeat. The flanker Dave Ward is alleged to have struck his opposite number Thomas Young with his head in the 47th minute and will also have his case heard in London on Wednesday.Quins’ England winger Marland Yarde has been relegated to the bench for the club’s A League game against Gloucester after being dropped from the first team for poor timekeeping.last_img

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