Alex Lozowski must wait until next week to learn length of ban
England star Alex Lozowski must wait until next week to learn length of ban but confusion reigns over availability
- Alex Lozowski remains with England despite doubts over his availability for Tests
- He is the subject of a three-pronged appeal arising from and Champions Cup tie
- Disciplinary process has invited ridicule as is not known if he is currently banned
England centre Alex Lozowski must wait until next week to learn the length of his ban for a dangerous tackle as rugby’s disciplinary process invited ridicule.
Lozowski travelled to Portugal on Wednesday for a pre-autumn training camp but returned to London on Friday for a three-pronged appeal arising from Saracens’ Champions Cup victory at Glasgow Warriors a fortnight ago.
The original citing for dangerously entering a ruck was initially upheld, resulting in a two-week suspension encompassing England’s clash with South Africa at Twickenham on November 3.
Alex Lozowski will be available for England’s autumn Tests after being handed a two-week ban
Lozowski appealed against both the verdict and the decision not to include Saracens’ Premiership Cup match in any ban and the independent appeal committee overturned the original decision, making the 25-year-old immediately available.
However, tournament organisers EPCR also appealed the hearing’s decision to dismiss the second citing Lozowski faced from the same match – making a dangerous tackle.
The independent appeal committee agreed the original decision was made in error and Lozowski must appeal before a new hearing, most likely early next week.
Confusion over his current availability reigns with tournament organisers unable to say whether he is banned until the next hearing is heard.
Lozowski (R) was originally charged with two offences, but the panel dismissed one of them
He will be available for England matches with South Africa, New Zealand, Japan and Australia
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