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Chris Ashton's international career is not doomed - Eddie Jones

Published 01/10/2016

Saracens' Chris Ashton has been banned for 13 weel for biting
Saracens' Chris Ashton has been banned for 13 weel for biting

England head coach Eddie Jones has urged Chris Ashton to "find a good restaurant" in response to the Saracens wing's 13-week ban for biting.

Ashton is facing his second lengthy suspension of the year for an offence that took place when on duty for the north London club against Northampton two weeks ago.

The 29-year-old still hopes to add to his 39 caps and Jones insists his international career is not doomed despite his latest disciplinary lapse.

"I'm not frustrated by Chris, that's the choice he's made. He needs to find a good restaurant in Barnet so that he's not hungry," Jones said.

"You can't endorse any sort of behaviour like that. He was found guilty and has been punished.

"I sent him a text the other day saying if you play well when you come back, I will consider you."

Jones has indicated that the flankers who finished the third Test against Australia in Sydney three months ago could be retained for the visit of South Africa to Twickenham on November 12.

Maro Itoje and Chris Robshaw played left and right as opposed to more established blindside and openside roles once the underpowered Teimana Harrison had been hauled off after 31 minutes of a win that sealed a 3-0 series whitewash.

In the injury-enforced absence of James Haskell, they provide a realistic alternative if uncapped rookies Sam Jones and Mike Williams fail to impress during England's three-day training camp in Brighton, which begins on Sunday.

"It's about maximising your resources," said Jones, who has highlighted the shortage of traditional openside in the Aviva Premiership.

"If you haven't got a George Smith or Richie McCaw but you still try to copy that system, you come unstuck as we did in the Third Test.

"We wanted Harrison to play that sort of role and he wasn't able to do so at this stage of his career.

"We moved to Maro and Robshaw playing left and right and it worked well for us. And it's a definite possibility that Maro and Robshaw play left and right.

"The game changes all the time so you have to work out what suits your team. There is no right and wrong way.

"In football people get caught up in the systems, the formation you play when you should use the resources of the people you have available."

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