Azam fails in appeal against 12-week ban

GLOUCESTER hooker Olivier Azam was last night ordered to serve his full 12-week ban for kicking England captain Steve Borthwick in the eye.<br /><br />The Frenchman appealed the original punishment for an offence that left the Saracens skipper fearing for his sight and severely swollen.<br /><br />A panel agreed with Azam that the offence merited a less stringent sentence and also took off time for his guilty plea. But they added time back on for his previous convictions, taking it back up to 12 weeks.<br /><br />Borthwick is set to return from his three-week lay-off in tomorrow&rsquo;s Amlin Challenge Cup fixture against Toulon.