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Leicester suspend scrum-half Ben Youngs

Leicester have suspended scrum-half Ben Youngs for a week shortly after the England international was cited for allegedly striking an opponent.

Youngs (22) will face a Rugby Football Union disciplinary hearing next week after being accused of striking London Irish No 8 Jamie Gibson during the Tigers' 41-32 Aviva Premiership victory at the Madejski Stadium on Sunday.

Youngs appeared to drop his knee onto the forward before punching him, and RFU citing officer Wade Dooley decided he had a case to answer.

Meanwhile, out-half Toby Flood has added his voice to calls for Stuart Lancaster to be made the full-time England coach.

"If you take into account what he has managed to do in such a short space of time, then he has to get the job," said Flood.

"He gave a lot of the younger guys a chance and he created a winning team that narrowly missed out on a Grand Slam in the game against Wales.

"But the RFU have to take all sorts of things into account."

Irish Independent