By Ali Stokes
Alex Lozowski's immediate international future is hanging by a thread following the utility back's two-week suspension appeal in London last night (Friday 26th October).
The four-times-capped England and Saracens fly-half turned centre has been cleared of an initial two-week ban that would see him miss England's first Autumn Test against South Africa next weekend (3rd November), with the independent panel conceding that "the initial Disciplinary Hearing was in error, and should be set aside".
However, while Lozowski may have won his own appeal, European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) also found success in their own appeal.
While Saracens and Lozowski appealed against his suspension for a dangerous ruck clearout on Glasgow Warriors hooker Fraser Brown, yesterday's panel found that the decision made to initially clear Lozowski of a dangerous tackle of Glasgow fullback Ruaridh Jackson a week ago was also an error.
A new panel will reassess the 25-year-old's tackle on Jackson, with a hearing date to be confirmed "as soon as convenient for all parties"
What does it all mean?
So what does all this mean? If the second panel also finds that Lozowski's tackle was not worthy of a red card, he will be free to play for England against the Springboks next weekend. However, if found guilty, the North West London-born man could face a longer suspension than his original two-week ban, potentially ruling him out for England's Tests against New Zealand, Japan and Australia.