Tuesday 6 December 2016

Marler to face fresh probe

Published 24/03/2016 | 02:30

England's Joe Marler. Photo: PA
England's Joe Marler. Photo: PA

World Rugby has announced England prop Joe Marler will face an independent misconduct hearing for verbally abusing Wales’ Samson Lee.

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Marler had escaped punishment from the Six Nations for calling the Wales prop “gypsy boy” during England’s 25-21 victory at Twickenham on March 12 but World Rugby has deemed action should have been taken.

A statement from the governing body read: “World Rugby has confirmed that England’s Joe Marler will face an independent World Rugby misconduct hearing for comments made towards Wales’ Samson Lee during the RBS 6 Nations match at Twickenham on March 12.

“World Rugby is of the view that the comments amount to misconduct and/or a breach of the code of conduct under World Rugby Regulation 20 and should have been considered by an independent process.”

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