Sport Marler to miss two Six Nations games after six-week ban

05:31  10 january  2018
05:31  10 january  2018 Source:

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England prop Joe Marler will miss the Six Nations matches against Italy and Wales after receiving a six - week suspension for striking with the shoulder. Earlier this season, Marler received a three- week ban for striking Wasps’ Will Rowlands with his arm during a Champions Cup match, which caused him

JOE MARLER has been banned for SIX weeks and will miss England's first two Six Nations games . And that means Red Rose boss Eddie Jones is now likely to turn to uncapped rookie Beno Obano to be his back-up loosehead prop for the matches against Italy and Wales.

JoeMarler - Cropped: England prop Joe Marler © Provided by Omnisport England prop Joe Marler

Joe Marler will be unavailable for England's opening two Six Nations encounters after being handed a six-week suspension.

The prop was red-carded midway through the second half of Harlequins' 30-29 defeat at Sale Sharks on Saturday after striking TJ Ioane with his shoulder.

Marler appeared before an independent disciplinary panel on Tuesday and was issued with the punishment, meaning he cannot return to action until February 20.

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Harlequins prop Joe Marler will miss England's first two games of the 2018 Six Nations after he was handed a six - week ban for a dangerous challenge during his side's defeat to Sale on Saturday.

Joe Marler is banned from England’s opening two Six Nations matches after he was handed a six - week suspension following a red card in Harlequins’ Premiership defeat at Sale.

  Marler to miss two Six Nations games after six-week ban © getty

"The panel found that contact was made with the head of TJ Ioane and as a result the mandatory entry point is mid-range," said chairman of the disciplinary panel Philip Evans.

"The panel considered that the player's previous record was such that it required an additional period of suspension of one week, however because of his plea, his conduct since the incident took place and other personal mitigation, the panel allowed some reduction."

Iaone, meanwhile, was found guilty of striking Marler with his arm five minutes before the sending-off incident, and has been banned for two weeks.

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