Chris Ashton: RFU was 'unconvinced' by Saracens wing's defence for biting

Rugby union bosses have said they banned Saracens winger Chris Ashton for 13 weeks after finding his description of events “less plausible”. Ashton was found guilty of biting Northampton prop Alex Waller during Saracens’ 27-12 Premiership victory. The Rugby Football Union called Waller’s evidence “consistent and compelling”, but described Ashton’s version as “less convincing”. Saracens

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The Qualifiers: Leeds Rhinos v Leigh Centurions

Qualifiers Venue: Headingley Date: Thu 22 Sep Kick-off: 20:00 BST Coverage: Commentary on BBC Radio Leeds and BBC Radio Manchester via the BBC Sport website and app, plus live scores online. Leeds have added youngsters Sam Hallas and Cameron Smith to their squad in place of the injured Keith Galloway (Achilles) and Rob Burrow (knee).

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