Hartley handed three-week ban

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Published: Tuesday 23rd December 2014 by The News Editor

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Dylan Hartley has been handed an RBS 6 Nations reprieve after receiving a three-week ban for his red card for elbowing Leicester centre Matt Smith.

The England hooker pleaded guilty to the charge of striking in a disciplinary hearing held via conference call on Tuesday evening.

A ban of six weeks or more would have jeopardised both Hartley’s Six Nations chances and his future Test career in light of a previous disciplinary rap sheet including eye-gouging, biting, punching and swearing.

Published: Tuesday 23rd December 2014 by The News Editor

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