Marler Admits Samson Lee Comment Was Wrong

Decision on punishment expected today

England head coach Eddie Jones says Joe Marler's accepted he did the wrong thing in verbally abusing Wales forward Samson Lee.

He insulted his fellow prop about his background during the win - which ultimately won England the Six Nations.

Marler could yet face punishment for that - but he's already been cited for allegedly striking Rob Evans.

Joe has been cited for allegedly striking Robe Evans in the 15th minute of the first half of the Six Nations match at Twickenham.

In an eventful first half for Marler, the Harlequins loosehead appeared to land a forearm in the face of Wales front row Evans while trying to help teammate Dan Cole ground the ball over the Welsh try-line.

The offence carries an entry-point sanction of two weeks, and he will appear before a Six Nations disciplinary hearing this week with the outcome almost certain to rule him out of Saturday's Grand Slam match against France.

An incident of alleged verbal abuse involving Marler, for which he apologised to Wales forward Samson Lee on Sunday, is still being investigated.

The citing of Marler follows that of Wales' Tomas Francis and England's James Haskell from the same game, charges which were confirmed on Sunday night.

Exeter forward Francis appeared to make contact with the eye of the England tighthead late in the game, and match commissioner John Cole has cited him for "acts contrary to good sportsmanship".

If Francis is found guilty at the disciplinary hearing,  which will be held this week, he could be looking at a lengthy ban - possibly 12 weeks or more.

Haskell, meanwhile, received a warning for a dangerous "neck roll" tackle in the 16th minute of the contest.

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