LONDON (AP) — Coach Eddie Jones is open to picking Chris Ashton for England if the winger plays well enough after his 13-week ban for biting.
Ashton is suspended until Dec. 19 for biting the arm of an opponent in the Premiership two weeks ago.
His 39th and last cap for England was in New Zealand more than two years ago, and he hasn't given up on an international recall.
Jones gave him hope.
"I sent him a text the other day, saying if you play well when you come back, I will consider you," Jones said.
The coach had more advice.
"I'm not frustrated by Chris, that's the choice he's made. He needs to find a good restaurant in Barnet so that he's not hungry," he quipped.
England's next match was on Nov. 12 against South Africa at Twickenham.