Hartley D-Day as England star faces huge ban

ENGLAND hooker Dylan Hartley will discover today whether he faces a ban of up to four years over allegations he bit Ireland flanker Stephen Ferris.

Hartley, 26, will appear before an independent Six Nations disciplinary committee in London after he was cited following the 30-9 defeat of the Irish earlier this month.

If found guilty, the Northampton skipper, who was banned for six months for gouging in 2007, will be handed a suspension ranging from 12 weeks to a maximum of four years.