Wednesday 17 January 2018

Marler to face fresh probe

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.

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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