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Worcester flanker Phil Dowson cleared of elbowing Northampton's Ken Pisi

Worcester flanker Phil Dowson is free to play on after a Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel dismissed a striking charge.

Dowson was accused of elbowing Northampton's Ken Pisi in the head in the first half of last Saturday's Aviva Premiership loss to Saints.

A RFU statement read: "Following a review of the incident which occurred in the first half of the Aviva Premiership match between Worcester and Northampton Saints on Saturday, the disciplinary panel determined that the charge should be dismissed.

"Dowson is now free to play again with immediate effect."

Harlequins full-back Aaron Morris was given a three-week suspension for tackling Leicester's Adam Thompstone in the air.

Morris received a yellow card on the field and was cited following the match.

The RFU disciplinary panel said: "The panel found this was a reckless incident that warranted a red card.

"The Leicester Tigers player luckily sustained no serious injury and was able to play on. As such it was deemed a low end offence."

Morris will be free to play again March 21.


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