‘Joke’ tweet means trou­ble

The Southland Times - - Sport -

For­mer Auck­land No 8 Nathan Hughes is al­most cer­tain to miss Eng­land’s test with the All Blacks next month af­ter tweet­ing ‘‘what a joke’’ dur­ing his RFU dis­ci­plinary hear­ing for an al­leged punch. The 27-year-old Eng­land star was fac­ing a po­ten­tial six-week ban af­ter he was cited for punch­ing Lewis Lud­low in the head in Wasps’ loss to Glouces­ter in last week­end’s English Pre­mier­ship – but his hastily deleted tweet looks set to land him in fur­ther trou­ble. The RFU yes­ter­day said ‘‘an is­sue that arose dur­ing the even­ing’’, in an ap­par­ent ref­er­ence to Hughes’ tweet, meant the dis­ci­plinary panel would ‘‘re­con­vene in not less than seven days’’ to con­sider his case.

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