Saints' Phil Dowson handed two week ban


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Northampton back row Phil Dowson has been suspended for two weeks for a dangerous tackle on Saracens full-back Alex Goode ten days ago, according to the Rugby Football Union.

The tackle took place during a Premiership match at Franklin's Gardens on November 26.

Dowson faced an RFU committee today at the Royal Courts of Justice chaired by Twickenham disciplinary chief Judge Jeff Blackett, assisted by Jeremy Summers and Christopher Quinlan QC.

He will be free to play again on 21 December.

Fellow Saints Chris Ashton and Tom Wood, as well as Leicester Tigers' Alesana Tuilagi faced disciplinaries for their conduct during Saturday's Premiership match at Welford Road.

The RFU are yet to announce the outcome of these proceedings.