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Nathan Hughes could miss England’s autumn campaign after citing for punch

• Wasps No 8 cited for punching Gloucester’s Lewis Ludlow
• Dan Robson and Joe Launchbury also fitness doubts

Nathan Hughes is facing the prospect of being suspended for all of England’s autumn internationals campaign after he was cited for punching Lewis Ludlow in the head during Wasps’ defeat by Gloucester on Saturday.

Hughes’ absence would be a significant blow for Eddie Jones, whose options at No 8 have already been depleted by Sam Simmonds’ long-term knee injury, and it would place even greater importance on the fitness of Billy Vunipola, who completed his first 80 minutes of the season last weekend.

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