Fritz in firing line

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Fritz in firing line

France centre Florian Fritz faces a disciplinary hearing following his citing for eye gouging in their 30-21 defeat to Ireland.

Fritz will appear in London on Wednesday to answer the charge. Fritz was accused in a statement released by the disciplinary commission of “making contact with the eyes or eyes area of an opponent during the game”.

Eye gouging carries a minimum three-match ban.

Tindall, Monye back in England mix

Centre Mike Tindall and winger Ugo Monye have recovered from injury and are available for selection for England’s Test against Wales.

The pair trained well on Monday and both are expected to be in the match 22 for the Millennium Stadium match.

However, scrum-half Danny Care has been ruled out with an ankle injury, with London Irish’s Paul Hodgson called up as his replacement.

England boss Martin Johnson will name his team on Tuesday afternoon, while Wales have delayed their announcement until Thursday as they wait on injuries to Ryan Jones, Gavin Henson and Shane Williams.

Meanwhile, former England captain Lawrence Dallaglio has criticised the players’ attitude.

“If you picked your top five players in each position in world rugby, where would those England players slot in? There are not too many that would even make the top three or four,” said Dallaglio.

“We have this attitude at the moment where our players walk around thinking they are the bees knees. There are a lot of guys who think they are there – but they are not.

“You wouldn’t be quaking in your boots playing England at the minute.

“They need to set the targets higher. If we want to be the best team in the world some players have got to start giving a bit of hard work and sacrifice.”

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