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Six Nations 2016: England winger Chris Ashton to miss tournament after 10-week ban

Recalled England winger Chris Ashton will miss the Six Nations Championship after being banned for 10 weeks for making contact with the eye of an opponent, a European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) disciplinary hearing ruled on Wednesday.

Ashton, named in new coach Eddie Jones' first England squad after winning no caps since 2014, was found guilty of making contact with the eyes of centre Luke Marshall while playing for Saracens against Ulster in a European Champions Cup game last weekend.

"Players have these setbacks and I'm sure he's a good enough player to get over it," Jones told Sky Sports.

"He's been in good form and I know he was so keen to get back into the international fold.

"It's disappointing but it opens an opportunity for another player."

The coach is already without Jonny May, first choice wing under Jones' predecessor Stuart Lancaster and who suffered a knee injury in December that has ruled him out for the season.

Jack Nowell, Anthony Watson and Marland Yarde are likely to fight it out for the two wing berths for England's Six Nations opener against Scotland on February 6.

Reuters

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