Argentina flyhalf Sanchez free to play England

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Ramiro Moyano, right, of Argentina is tackled by Fumiaki Tanaka of Japan during their rugby match in Tokyo.

Ramiro Moyano, right, of Argentina is tackled by Fumiaki Tanaka of Japan during their rugby match in Tokyo. (Photo: AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Argentina flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez is free to face England in a rugby test at Twickenham on Saturday after a disciplinary committee judged that he should not be punished for striking an opponent last weekend.

Sanchez was cited for the offense that he committed in the 19-16 loss to Scotland on Saturday.

The committee concluded Tuesday that it was an act of foul play but did not warrant a red card because Sanchez was attempting to "free himself from the illegal grasp of an opponent."

Sanchez will be a key member of the Pumas lineup looking to bounce back from consecutive defeats to Wales and Scotland on their end-of-year tour of the northern hemisphere.

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