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England skipper Dylan Hartley cleared for autumn Tests after smashing rival in face but Joe Marler IS banned and misses double header

ENGLAND captain Dylan Hartley was cleared to play this autumn after escaping a ban for  smashing a rival in the face.

But prop Joe Marler is suspended for three weeks and will miss the two Tests against Argentina and Australia next month.

Red Rose captain Dylan Hartley had the case against him dismissed
Red Rose captain Dylan Hartley had the case against him dismissed
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And it means Red Rose boss Eddie Jones has a call to make ahead of naming his 34-man squad today.

Yesterday the disciplinary action against Hartley, for his challenge on Rabah Slimani  in a reckless clear-out against Clermont, was dismissed.

Now the Northampton Saints star, 31, can play on Saturday against Wasps and for England this autumn.

Having already been banned for an incredible 60 weeks of his career, Hartley found himself back in the dock more by  association than guilt.

Engld prop Joe Marler misses games with Australia and Argentina after being banned
Engld prop Joe Marler misses games with Australia and Argentina after being banned
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England skipper Dylan Hartley cleared for autumn Tests after smashing rival in face but Joe Marler is banned and misses double header
Eddie Jones has to deal with mixed news on Dylan Hartley and Joe Marler
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After seeing yellow, the citing officer  called on Hartley to explain  his actions in London.

But  angry Saints boss Jim Mallinder  turned on European chiefs for targeting his bad-boy hooker.


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He said: “Citings like this do beg the question of whether Dylan is singled out for what has happened in the past, rather than being judged on Saturday’s game.

“The decision to cite Dylan from the Clermont game was unjustified.

“Anyone could see it was  accidental.

“It was an unwarranted judicial hearing.”

England will be delighted that Dylan Hartley is no longer in hot water
England will be delighted that Dylan Hartley is no longer in hot water
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Clermont star Rabah Slimani walks off after a yellow card for a tackle on Dylan Hartley
Clermont star Rabah Slimani walks off after a yellow card for a tackle on Dylan Hartley
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Harlequins chief John  Kingston was upset by Marler’s ban for a striking offence but said: “Players can’t take the law into their own hands, Joe accepts that.”

Although Wasps No 8 Nathan Hughes got a two-week ban, he is available for England this autumn.

His tackle on Quins’  Marcus Smith was deemed worthy of a sending-off in Wasps’ win on Sunday.

Euro chiefs said: “We upheld the citing complaint. The strike to the neck ­warranted a red card.”

Eddie Jones has a difficult call to make after hearing Joe Marler will miss two Tests
Eddie Jones has a difficult call to make after hearing Joe Marler will miss two Tests
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