BREAKING NEWS: Ashton set to miss Six Nations after 10-week ban


England winger Chris Ashton is set to miss the Six Nations after being handed a 10-week ban by the European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) for allegedly making contact with the eye area of Ulster centre Luke Marshall.

The Saracens star was cited in the aftermath of Saturday's European Champions Cup clash, which Saracens won 33-17 at Allianz Park, for the incident that took place in the 16th minute.

Ashton pleaded not guilty but, at a hearing in London on Wednesday, the judicial officer found his conduct should have warranted a red card.

The decision means Ashton is not free to play until March 28, although he does have the right to appeal.