RFU Disciplinary: Chris Ashton & Alex Tarus

Alexandru Tarus was also dismissed in the win over Castres

Alexandru Tarus was also dismissed in the win over Castres

The Rugby Football Union has confirmed that Chris Ashton will face a disciplinary hearing on Thursday afternoon following his red card for Sale Sharks in their pre-season friendly against Castres last Friday.

The minimum ban could rise given how the panel view the level of seriousness of the offense and the previous disciplinary record of the player concerned.

The match report on Sale's official website detailed the incident, saying: "Another mass "gathering" on 46 minutes was concluded by the dismissals of Chris Ashton and Rory Kockott, seemingly for fighting".

The former Toulon and Saracens winger was shown a red card in the second-half of Sale's clash with Castres after a punch scrumhalf Rory Kockott, with the French global scrumhalf also red-carded by the referee.

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He could miss the opening six matches of the Premiership season, with suspensions for such tackles starting at six weeks.

The former Wigan rugby league, Northampton and Saracens wing joined Toulon for the 2017/18 season, but requested an early release from his contract, signed for Sale and is now eligible for England again.

It comes two months after he had made his first England start in a decade - in the third Test against South Africa in June - and his global future is now in the hands of Jones.

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