Newcastle Falcons lock James Hudson handed RFU ban
Newcastle captain James Hudson has been banned for four weeks by the Rugby Football Union following an incident in last month's defeat by London Irish.
The 29-year-old was adjudged to have tackled a player in the air during the loss, and will miss two Premiership games against Saracens and Northampton.
In addition Hudson is ruled out of the Falcons' opening LV= Cup games against Cardiff Blues and London Irish.
Falcons will have the second rower available from Tuesday, 1 November.
The loss of Hudson will be a big blow for Newcastle who are rooted to the bottom of the Premiership and will target victory against the Saints for a second win of the competition.
Hudson joined Falcons from London Irish in the summer of 2009, and has since made 42 appearances for the club.