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Will Chudley cleared to play in Premiership final

Published 25/05/2016

Exeter scrum-half Will Chudley (left) is free to play in Saturday's Aviva Premiership final against Saracens
Exeter scrum-half Will Chudley (left) is free to play in Saturday's Aviva Premiership final against Saracens

Exeter scrum-half Will Chudley is free to play in Saturday's Aviva Premiership final after a citing charge against him was dismissed.

Chudley faced a Rugby Football Union disciplinary hearing in Bristol, having been reported for allegedly kicking Wasps lock Joe Launchbury during last Saturday's Premiership play-off clash at Sandy Park.

In a statement, the RFU said: " The panel concluded that the contact to Launchbury was caused as a result of Chudley's knee being deflected off the thigh of (Wasps prop) Matt Mullan.

"It was therefore deemed not reckless, and the charge was dismissed.

"T he panel comprised John Doubleday, Nick Dark and Daniel White (chairman)."

Chudley, 28, is now set to line up against Premiership final opponents Saracens at Twickenham.

The former Newcastle number nine has been an integral part of Exeter's title push this season, with the Chiefs chasing Premiership silverware just six years after being promoted to English rugby's top flight.

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