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Hartley handed two-week ban



Northampton captain Dylan Hartley was handed a two-week suspension on Thursday after being cited for foul play following a clash with Ulster's Rory Best in a European Cup tie.

England hooker Hartley pleaded guilty after being charged with striking Best, a potential rival for the No 2 shirt in next year's British and Irish Lions tour to Australia, during last Friday's Pool Four encounter at Franklin's Gardens.

Hartley will miss Northampton's return fixture against Ulster in Belfast on Saturday, as well as the Premiership fixture against Harlequins on December 22.

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