Hartley cleared to play

The citing complaint against Dylan Hartley was dismissed on Wednesday making the hooker eligible for selection for England’s upcoming November Tests.

Hartley was cited for an alleged strike to the head of Clermont Auvergne prop Rabah Slimani in the first half of Northampton’s 24-7 Champions Cup defeat on Saturday.

“The disciplinary committee found that Hartley had committed a reckless act of foul play in that he had struck Slimani in the face, however the committee was not satisfied that the offence had warranted a red card,” EPCR said in a statement.

“The citing complaint was therefore dismissed and Hartley is free to play.”

The news will come as a relief to England coach Eddie Jones who has in the past made Hartley his captain. However, Jones will still be anxiously awaiting the verdict on Wasps’ Nathan Hughes and Harlequins’ Joe Marler after the pair were also cited at the weekend.

 

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