England prop Marler banned 6 weeks, missing 2 6N games

Annette Crawford
January 10, 2018

The Harlequins prop, 27, was sent off for a risky clear-out of a ruck, in which he struck Sale's TJ Ioane with his shoulder, during Sharks' 30-29 win.

Meanwhile, England centre Ben Te'o is set to miss the start of England's championship campaign as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury.

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 on Saturday.

The suspension means that Jones will have just one capped loosehead prop available in the form of Mako Vunipola, given that both Leicester Tigers' Ellis Genge and Matt Mullan of Wasps are now sidelined with shoulder and arm injuries respectively, with neither expected to recover in time for England's opening Six Nations clash against Italy in four weeks' time.

Just three months ago, Marler served another three-week ban for a similar offence to his latest crime.

"The panel found that contact was made with the head of TJ Ioane and as a result the mandatory entry point is mis-range", read a statement from the independent disciplinary panel's chairman Philip Evans QC.

"However because of his plea, his conduct since the incident took place and other personal mitigation, the panel allowed some reduction".

Te'o's absence was confirmed by his club side Worcester, who said that they expected him to be out for a further four weeks.

Sale's Ioane was given a two-week suspension after he was cited for another incident in the same match, which saw him strike Marler with his arm five minutes before the prop's dismissal.

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