Chris Ashton in a recent comment said he has a “burning desire” to play for England. However, decided after facing ban for biting that, it is the time to move to France.
Ashton in a short interview told BBC sport that, when I faced the prohibition, then I felt I needed to move out of England.
On the other hand, the Toulon-bound Saracens said the two sides obstacles meant the player has accepted that his test career is over.
“I enjoy playing for Saracens, but my desire to play for England is still there, by going to France it seems like I am out of the picture,” Ashton said in the show 5 live’s Rugby.
“Watching England is very tough, although I have made my decision by now and it is a lot easier,” he added.
“The strong desire to play for the team is always there and it will be; only the path was changed slightly, but moving to France takes that away.” (more…)
After suffering successive defeats, Saracens returned back to Aviva Premiership winning ways as they came off defeating their Sale Sharks counterpart with a 29-18 score line.
However, Saracens were unable to come off with a try bonus point, despite touchdowns from full-back Duncan Taylor, Chris Ashton, and wing Nathan Earle. Alex Lozowoski, fly-half finished off kicking 14-points with four penalties and a conversion.
A solitary try from Magnus Lund, a penalty and conversion from replacement, AJ McGinty and another penalty by Sharks captain, Will Addison saw Sale cut close to within eight points of their opponents. However, these were undone afterwards.
Steve Diamond, Sales director of Rugby watched the game with his coaches from the stand as he began the first match since his touchline ban. The ban was due to his verbal abuse of an official in Sale’s Anglo-Welsh Cup battering of Harlequins. (more…)
Chris Ashton of the Saracens is facing two biting charges that could see him out of the action for at least six months if he was proved guilty. But, Chris is determined to prove that he is innocent in this case.
This is what he set to achieve when he met up with the disciplinary hearing committee of the Rugby Football Union on Tuesday.
Ashton was seen to be biting Alex Waller, the Northampton prop, twice within a minute’s time during the Saracens game against the Northampton team at Allianz Park last Sunday. The director of rugby of the Saracens team, Mark McCall, is hoping that Ashton’s name will be cleared by the disciplinary committee and he will escape from any serious punishment. (more…)
Chris Ashton’s fans might wonder about his absence from the team that went to represent England in Australia but there were good reasons for which Eddie Jones took such a decision.
The winger from Saracens is revered for the defensive qualities that he exhibits on the playing field. The tour that England has embarked upon comprising of three Tests does not include him but there is no need to be alarmed.
Chris Ashton can still participate in Test matches if he wants to. In the playoffs of Saracens in the Premiership semi finals he played key roles. Two tries were attempted by him against the Leicester Tigers. It definitely counted as did the efforts of the other players as well. However he might not be able to rest easy this summer even if he was not part of the team that left to tour Australia for three Tests this summer.
Worcester scores 19 while Saracens scores 43. Chris Ashton is one of the players along with Alex Goode to light up the game with their hat trick.
This game was not too tough for the Saracens as they enjoyed themselves. It was a win that came to them comfortably, especially when Chris scored a hat trick.
Ashton was able to perform the hat trick as Alex Goode brought down the defense of Worcester. With his deft kicks and smooth running he was able to substitute two minutes. This made a difference in the second half of the game. Goode also featured in the opening of the match for Saracens. He helped to slip a pass which helped Neil de Kock to score. Ashton was able to pick up on the kinking that Goode tried. It helped Ashton to finish and complete a hat trick. (more…)