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Chris Ashton denied chance to play before England name autumn series squad

Ashton will not have played a game by the time Eddie Jones names his squad for the autumn series against South Africa, New Zealand, Japan and Australia on October 18

Duncan Bech 2018/09/07

Chris Ashton has been denied the chance to play before England name their autumn squad after the date for the conclusion of his suspension was moved to October 15.

Ashton was given a seven-week ban for a tip-tackle on Rory Kockott made during Sale’s pre-season friendly against Castres last month, preventing him from playing in the first six matches of the club season.

However, due to a discrepancy with the Sharks’ fixture list his return date has been moved from October 9 to October 16.

The dual code international had penciled in the Challenge Cup clash with Perpignan four days earlier to make his Sale debut, but that door has been closed by the adjustment.

It means he will not have played a game by the time Eddie Jones names his squad for the autumn series against South Africa, New Zealand, Japan and Australia on October 18.

Jones strongly hinted on Wednesday that he would select the former Saracens and Toulon wing in his training squad for England’s camp in Bristol later this month anyway, but his match inactivity remains a blow.

“Due to a change to Sale Sharks’ fixture list, Ashton’s suspension will now run until Monday 15 October,” a Rugby Football Union statement read.

Ashton won the last of his 39 caps in 2014 and has yet to make an appearance under Jones after receiving a total of 23 weeks of suspensions in 2016.

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