Saracens centre, Alex Lozowski, has been suspended for four weeks following a new independent Disciplinary Hearing in London yesterday evening (Wednesday, 31 October) arising from his club’s Heineken Champions Cup, Round 1 match against Glasgow Warriors.
News of Lozowski's sentence broke at 2:08 am this morning (Thursday), ruling him out of England's November clash against the All Blacks next week (10th November), having been left out of contention for this weekend's match against the Springboks at Twickenham, the Saracens man will have missed England's two most challenging Autumn fixtures.
Lozowski was cited for a dangerous tackle on the Glasgow Warriors fullback, Ruaridh Jackson, in the 33rd minute of the match in contravention of Law 9.13, sitting a secondary hearing after an initial panel deemed the offence not to be worthy of a red card.
The 25-year-old utility back had already served a two-week suspension for dangerous ruck entry during the Champions Cup clash, that has since been dismissed. In light of the two weeks of rugby the England centre had already missed, the panel backdated the month-long ban, leaving two weeks remaining to be served.
He will be free to play on the 14th of November, missing England's Autumn International fixture against New Zealand (10th November), available the week of England's hosting of Japan at Twickenham and Saracens return to Premiership action against Sale Sharks.
The independent Disciplinary Committee, consisting of Kathrine Mackie (Scotland), Chair, Jean-Noel Couraud (France) and Leon Lloyd (England), found Lozowski's tackle on Jackson to be a mid-range offence, starting at a six-week suspension. With the adjudged absence of any aggravating factors and due to the player’s clear disciplinary record and some expression of remorse, the Committee decided to reduce the sanction by two weeks before imposing a four-week suspension.