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Coventry Rugby front-rower Phil Boulton has been suspended for seven weeks by an RFU disciplinary hearing.

Boulton pleaded not guilty to the RFU charge of making contact with an opponent’s eye area during last Saturday’s win over his former club Bedford.

However, a four-hour hearing on Wednesday September 19 found that accidental contact with the eye and/or eye area had occurred.

Boulton’s character and previous good behaviour were taken into account, and the RFU were happy that this was not an intentional act.

His suspension was therefore reduced from an entry point of 12 weeks to seven, making him available to play again from November 6.

The RFU statement can be found here…