England’s Slade cleared for Six Nations after red card rescinded

Henry Slade is available for England’s Six Nations opener against Scotland on February 4 after the red card he received for Exeter Chiefs against the Bulls on Saturday was rescinded. Slade was sent off for a dangerous tackle on the Bulls’ South Africa full-back Kurt-Lee Arendse in a 39-28 Champions Cup defeat in Pretoria.

European Professional Club Rugby announced on Wednesday that the decision had been overturned by an independent disciplinary hearing.

It clears Slade to face Castres in Exeter’s final Champions Cup pool game on Saturday as well as compete for a place in England’s midfield for Steve Borthwick’s first game in charge at Twickenham. The red card decision was therefore dismissed and he is free to play.”

New head coach Borthwick selected Slade in his first England squad on Monday, with the versatile playmaker competing with Dan Kelly, Manu Tuilagi, Elliot Daly and Joe Marchant for a spot in the centres.

Slade was employed mostly as a replacement across England’s miserable autumn Test series, that ended in head coach Eddie Jones’ sacking.

The Plymouth-born midfielder represented one of England’s rare attacking lights in November however, and will be pushing hard for inclusion under new boss Borthwick.

Source: eNCA

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