RFU Disciplinary Hearing: Nathan Hughes

Rex Christensen
October 11, 2018

The availability of Nathan Hughes for England's autumn internationals remains in doubt after a disciplinary panel surprisingly failed to make a judgement on whether or not the Wasps No 8 had been guilty of punching an opponent.

Opting to delete the tweet shortly thereafter, this wasn't enough to convince the powers that be to take decisive action.

When asked for clarification on the issue in question, the Rugby Football Union declined to comment and Hughes is unable to play until a verdict is reached - nearly certainly ruling him out of Friday's Champions Cup clash with Leinster.

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The independent disciplinary panel comprised Gareth Graham with Matthew Weaver and Martyn Wood. He was cited by independent citing commissioner Andy Blyth following the match Wasps v Gloucester on Saturday 6 October 2018 for punching or striking Gloucester's Lewis Ludlow contrary to Law 9.12. Ludlow was banned for four weeks for his part in the incident.

A suspension of that length would rule him out of the November Tests against South Africa, New Zealand and Japan, but make him available for the climax of the series against Australia. At the time of writing, the Wasps No 8 and England cover for Billy Vunipola is in rugby limbo.

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