Wednesday, 20 January 2016


Lord knows I'm no fan of Chris Ashton, but the 10 week ban handed down to the Sarries winger for making contact with the eye of Ulster centre Luke Marshall during Saturday’s European Champions Cup tie is more than a tad harsh.

I watched the incident (for which he was penalised) on TV and, while clumsy and illegal, any eye contact looked entirely accidental - there clearly was no intention on Ashton's part.

Pending appeal Ashton is now due to miss the Six Nations and - while I doubt his absence will be any great loss to England - I'm sure that he will justifiably feel extremely hard done by.

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