Saracens ponder Chris Ashton appeal to save his Six Nations campaign

• Wing still hoping to play some part in the tournament
• Eddie Jones holds fire before calling up a replacement

Saracens are considering appealing against the 10-week ban that has ruled Chris Ashton out of England’s entire Six Nations campaign. The winger was found guilty of making contact with the eyes of the Ulster centre Luke Marshall and, barring a judicial reprieve, will be sidelined until 28 March.

Ashton, who had been pushing hard for an England recall, has until Saturday lunchtime to lodge an appeal against the outcome of an independent disciplinary hearing in London. He was cited by the match citing commissioner, France’s Yves Thieffine, after grabbing Marshall’s head and dragging him to the ground in the 16th minute of Saracens’ European Champions’ Cup pool game at Allianz Park on Saturday.

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