Nathan Hughes in dark over England future after delay in disciplinary case

Nathan Hughes in dark over England future after delay in disciplinary case

Nathan Hughes remains suspended after RFU panel fails to reach decision over punch due to 'issue that arose'

The Wasps number 8 appeared before an independent disciplinary panel yesterday, after he was cited by independent citing commissioner Andy Blyth following his side's match with Gloucester last weekend.

Hughes must wait up to a week to learn if he can play any part in the autumn series after a three-man panel in Coventry aborted its investigation in peculiar circumstances. Shortly after 8:30pm, with the hearing still taking place, Hughes chose to publicise these feelings. He quickly deleted his tweet but the damage may have been done.

The England rugby player Hughes is now looking at a second charge to go along with the punching of Ludlow.

Hughes, who could face a suspension with a starting point of six weeks if he is found guilty which would rule.

What this means for Nathan Hughes and his immediate playing career is somewhat troubling.

When asked for clarification on the issue in question, the Rugby Football Union declined to comment and Hughes is unable to play until a verdict is reached - nearly certainly ruling him out of Friday's Champions Cup clash with Leinster.

Worse still, there is every chance Hughes could now miss Wasps' second European fixture against Bath in a week's time also.

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