The flying wing is a prolific try-scoring and is widely regarded as the best finisher in England. Having played rugby league in his early days, Ashton made a name for himself in the 15-man code with Northampton Saints. In the 2009/10 season he score 16 tries in 20 matches for Saints and won the Premiership Player of the Season Award.
The quality speedster joined Saracens for the 2012/13 season and became an instant hit at his new club when he scored 2 tries on his debut. Ashton was a regular for a long period for England on the wing but fell out of favour with boss Stuart Lancaster before the 6 Nations in 2014 after the emergence of Jack Nowell and Jonny May.
He failed to register an appearance for England in the tournament but after finding form for Saracens, Ashton was brought into the squad for the New Zealand tour and came off the bench in the 2nd test to score his first try in a year for England. Ashton normally will perform a swan dive after every try he scores, which is rebuked by some.
In May 2016, after missing out on the England squad to Australia, Ashton turned down a trip to South Africa on personal grounds.
In October 2016, after 5 seasons with Saracens, Ashton signed for Top 14 outfit Toulon for the 2017/18 campaign.
Ashton spent six seasons at Saracens, becoming the club’s leading try scorer and winning two Premiership titles and two European Champions Cup's.
The winger is said to have grown disillusioned with the Premiership after falling foul of the game’s disciplinary process and Saracens granted his request to be released early from his contract.
Ashton had 18 months to run on his contract and has agreed to join Toulon until 2020, but in early July 2018 he and Toulon agreed a mutual termination of his contract.
In May 2017, Ashton scored his 37th European try against Clermont in the Champions Cup final, setting a new try-scoring record for the competition. He also broke the Top 14 season try scoring record by scoring 24 tries in the domestic competition
Sale Sharks confirmed that the 39-Test cap winger signed with the club ahead of the 2018/19 season.
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