BEN COHEN is in contention for an England place against RBS 6 Nations Championship opponents Wales next weekend - despite having his knuckles rapped by Twickenham top brass.
Northampton wing Cohen has had his England ticket allocation for the rest of this season suspended after the Rugby Football Union discovered that one of his tickets had found its way to an unofficial ticket agency.
While the RFU appear to accept that Cohen did not sell the ticket for a profit, they still hold him responsible for its distribution.
"The RFU has written to the England player, Ben Cohen of Northampton Saints, and informed him that his England ticket allocation has been suspended for the remainder of the season," said RFU management board chairman Graeme Cattermole.
"Our enquiries suggest that Ben Cohen did not sell his ticket for profit, but under the terms and conditions of their sale, he has a responsibility for it.
"We have informed Sir Clive Woodward of the situation, and he is fully supportive of the process we have undertaken."
England head coach Woodward added: "Ben, like all the squad, will have my full support this week, and he remains in contention for selection for the match against Wales.
"He has made an error of judgement, and it is one that under-lines how careful all the players must be when distributing their tickets."
Bath centre Mike Tindall, meanwhile, is set to make his return against Wales at Twickenham.
His likely recall means that Woodward can switch his most potent attacking weapon - Jason Robinson - from outside centre to wing or full-back.
Bath full-back Iain Balshaw will make way after some below-par Six Nations displays, although a groin injury suffered during club training last week means that he is unlikely to be fit anyway.
Woodward promised not to over-react following the 19-13 loss to Ireland last time out, but at least two further changes can be expected.
Bath lock Danny Grewcock, Woodward's man-of-the-match in the Calcutta Cup victory against Scotland last month, should be back, along with Sale Sharks forward Chris Jones.