Youngs to hear fate
March 30, 2012
Ben Youngs cited after a scuffle with London Irish's Jamie Gibson © Getty Images
England international Ben Youngs will face a Rugby Football Union disciplinary hearing next Monday.
The Leicester scrum-half was cited for striking London Irish forward Jamie Gibson during an Aviva Premiership game between the clubs last weekend. Youngs' hearing follows a report submitted by citing officer, the former England lock Wade Dooley.
Two of Youngs' fellow England elite squad members - Northampton forwards Dylan Hartley and Calum Clark - are currently serving eight and 32-week bans, respectively. Hartley was cited and suspended by Six Nations disciplinary chiefs for biting Ireland flanker Stephen Ferris' finger when England concluded their Six Nations campaign at Twickenham two weeks ago.
Clark, meanwhile, cannot play again until November 2 after being banned by an RFU panel for hyperextending Leicester hooker Rob Hawkins' arm during the LV= Cup final on March 18. The panel appointed for Youngs' hearing will be chaired by RFU disciplinary officer Judge Jeff Blackett, assisted by Peter Budge and Robert Horner.
The same panel will also deal with Harlequins flanker Maurie Fa'asavalu, who was cited for a dangerous tackle/dangerous charge on Bath fly-half Tom Heathcote during a Premiership match six days ago.
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