Bristol Bears and England prop Kyle Sinckler will miss the start of the Six Nations after being banned for two weeks for swearing at a referee.
He will miss England’s opener against Scotland on 6 February, but will be back to face Italy a week later.
Sinckler, 27, contested the charge of failing to respect the authority of a match official at a hearing on Tuesday.
However, it was ruled he did direct his “aggressive” language towards Karl Dickson in Bristol’s win at Exeter.
His actions early in the second half of Saturday’s Premiership fixture at Sandy Park were also deemed to have warranted a red card.
The British & Irish Lion will not be free to play again until 9 February, meaning he will also be unavailable for Bristol’s league match against Bath on Friday, 29 January.
More to follow.