Thursday, 1 November 2012

Ashton out

Chris Ashton’s one match ban for receiving three yellow cards for acts of foul play in the Premiership this season means that he misses England’s first Autumn international against Fiji next week.

3 points:

1. Given his form in recent times, I seriously doubt he’ll be missed very much.

2. Stuart Lancaster could have ensured Ashton’s availabilty for the Fiji game by releasing him back to Saracens this weekend to serve his ban against Wasps. Good on him for not being so cynical.

3. Given that Ashton’s offences were all committed in the Premiership while wearing a Saracens shirt, shouldn’t it be his club that are punished rather than England? And the same applies vice versa – if an England player receives a hefty ban for committing foul play while on international duty, why on earth should his club suffer the consequences?

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