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Chris Ashton to miss Six Nations for England after getting 10-week ban

• Winger sanctioned for ‘making contact with the eye of an opponent’
• 28-year-old had been recalled to international setup by Eddie Jones

Chris Ashton has been ruled out of England’s entire Six Nations campaign after being handed a 10-week suspension.

The Saracens winger, who won the last of his 39 England caps in New Zealand more than 18 months ago, has been widely backed to make the starting line-up for new coach Eddie Jones’ first game in charge – against Scotland at Murrayfield on 6 February. But Ashton has been banned from playing until 28 March following an independent disciplinary hearing in London on Wednesday.

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