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Club withdraws appeal for Hartley's 26-week ban

Club withdraws appeal for Hartley's 26-week ban

Northampton withdrew its appeal of hooker Dylan Hartley's 26-week ban for eye gouging.
Hartley's appeal was set for Thursday after he was found guilty by an English Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel last week of illegally making contact with the eye or eye areas of Wasps forwards James Haskell and Jonny O'Connor during a Premiership match last month.
He was suspended until Oct. 17, three days before the World Cup final in Paris.
The 21-year-old New Zealand-born Hartley was considered a top prospect for making his first England squad for the two-test tour of South Africa this month.


Updated : 2020-12-04 10:30 GMT+08:00