(Reuters) – Sale Sharks winger Chris Ashton and prop Alexandru Tarus have been cited after picking up red cards in a pre-season victory over Castres Olympique last week, the Rugby Football Union said on Tuesday.
Ashton was sent off by referee Romain Poite for a tip tackle on Rory Kockott while Tarus was dismissed for dangerous play in a ruck. Both players will appear before an independent disciplinary panel in London on Thursday.
The 31-year-old Ashton joined Sale Sharks last month after a season with French side Toulon. He was recalled to the England squad for the first time since 2016 earlier this month.
(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru)