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Azam cited following Eustace clash

Gloucester hooker Oliver Azam has been cited for alleged foul play during his team's Aviva Premiership victory over Northampton on Tuesday night.

The France international faces a charge that he struck Northampton's former Gloucester lock Adam Eustace with his head.

Azam escaped censure during the game from referee Wayne Barnes, but he has now been reported by citing officer Wade Dooley, the former England lock.

If Azam, who has a chequered disciplinary history, is banned, he could be unavailable for next month's Premiership play-offs.

Gloucester need just two points from their last two games - away to Saracens and at home against Sale Sharks - to seal a top-four finish.

Azam has been summoned to appear at a Rugby Football Union disciplinary hearing next Wednesday, which will also see Northampton lock Mark Sorenson answering an alleged foul play charge.

Sorenson has been reported by citing officer John Byett for a dangerous tackle on Newcastle forward Tim Swinson in a Premiership match at Kingston Park last Friday.

The panel will be chaired by RFU disciplinary officer Judge Jeff Blackett, assisted by Robert Horner and Jeremy Summers.

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