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Armitage cited for dangerous tackle

Delon Armitage's Rugby World Cup future is in doubt after he was cited for a "dangerous high tackle" on Scotland's Chris Paterson.

The England back has been called to appear before a disciplinary hearing in Auckland on Monday, starting at 1am BST.

The offence carries a guideline suspension of between two and 10 weeks, or matches in the World Cup context.

Armitage was cited for the challenge on Paterson in England's 16-12 victory over Scotland.

England play France in the quarter-finals next Saturday.

Armitage appeared to catch Paterson high with his shoulder, leaving the Scotland full-back requiring treatment.

France also have a player in hot water after centre Fabrice Estebanez was cited for a dangerous tip tackle in Les Bleus' shock defeat by Tonga.

Estebanez's hearing is also scheduled for Monday and if found guilty he will miss the quarter-final clash with England.


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