Bad tempered English prop Kyle Sinckler is in real trouble this time, after allegedly eye gouging a New Zealand opponent in an English club game.

Sinckler was the most controversial figure on the British and Lions tour of New Zealand this year, instigating a tunnel skirmish after the second test having just been restrained by team mates on the field. And he finished the tour with an apology, after being arrested during a big night out following the third test draw with the All Blacks at Eden Park.

Sinckler, who plays for Harlequins, has just been charged with eye-gouging former Crusaders and Hurricanes lock Michael Paterson during a match against Northampton.

Sinckler has been charged with making contact with the eye and/or eye area, which are two separate offences, by  independent citing commissioner Chris Catling and will appear before a Rugby Football Union disciplinary hearing in Bristol on Friday.

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The Telegraph reported that the minimum suspension for making contact with the eye area is four weeks, but it is 12 weeks for making contact with the actual eye.

A long suspension would delete him from England's autumn fixtures against Argentina, Australia and Samoa. Last year, former England back Chris Ashton received a ten-week suspension after being found guilty of a similar offence.

Sinckler has a hot-head reputation but claimed during the Lions tour that a talk with fellow English prop Joe Marler had turned him around. He had also sought help from sports psychologists.

"It's a part of maturing as well. I'm still growing, still becoming a man and learning from my mistakes," he was reported as saying.