Leicester flanker Lewis Moody will be available for England's November internationals after receiving a six-week suspension for striking an opponent.
A Rugby Football Union disciplinary panel, chaired by Judge Jeff Blackett, on Tuesday night found Moody guilty of punching Leeds' England Under-19 skipper Jordan Crane in an 'A' team game on September 5.
Leicester reacted swiftly when they learnt Moody had been cited by Leeds, handing the 27-year-old British Lion a four-week ban after he admitted to striking Crane.
He had only appeared as a second-half substitute against the Tykes, scoring a try in the 53-22 triumph, and it was hoped Leicester's internal action would be taken into account by the RFU.
But Tuesday's hearing, convened in Coventry, opted to extend his suspension by a further two weeks with the RFU continuing their disciplinary crackdown.
Moody is available for selection from October 19, freeing him up for Leicester's European Cup opener against Clermont Auvergne and the Autumn Tests against Australia, New Zealand and Samoa at Twickenham.
The news will come as a relief to England head coach Andy Robinson, who could ill-afford to to lose a player of Moody's calibre in what is proving to be a difficult spell for the world champions.
Mako Vunipola, Courtney Lawes and Ben Youngs will all start for England in Rome, with Saracens' Maro Itoje finally set for his debut from the bench as Eddie Jones adjusts his line-up ahead of their trip to Italy.