Ashton in contention for England recall

Date published: March 30 2016

Saracens winger Chris Ashton is in contention for England's tour to Australia as he returns from a ten-week suspension this week.

Ashton was banned for eye-gouging Ulster back Luke Marshall in Saracens' Champions Cup win over the Irish province back in January.

As a result Ashton lost his place in England's squad for the Six Nations, watching on as the side won the Grand Slam under new head coach Eddie Jones.

Saracens boss Mark McCall revealed that Jones had since been in touch with Ashton, 29, who now has a chance to make England's squad for Australia.

Ashton hasn't played for England since against New Zealand 2014, having scored 19 tries in 38 Tests to date.

"Eddie wants wingers who can score tries and Ash’s record is as good as anybody’s," McCall told reporters.

"It was hard for Chris to watch England doing so well when he possibly could have been there. Eddie Jones has given some encouragement that he is still possibly in the plans if he produces the goods.

"That has given him a boost for the last two months of the season.

"He was on great form before the suspension and he’s going to provide something different to our team with his X-factor. He has worked really hard and he’s flying."