It is bad news for England, but after the actions of some of their finest players it is hardly a surprise that citings have been handed down for foul play.
Harlequins and England prop Joe Marler was seen kicking the Grenoble hooker in the head last weekend during the Quins’ Challenge Cup game. He got away with it during the match, but has now been cited for the act.
Later in the weekend, Saracens and England centre and out half Owen Farrell made a disgracefully dangerous tackle on Dan Robson of Wasps. He received a yellow card and ten minutes on the naughty step from Romain Poite for it.
The BBC have reported that both men have been cited for their actions.
Marler’s action carries a minimum ban of four weeks and a maximum of one year. Due to his behaviour recently he would be lucky to receive eight weeks if found guilty. That would see him miss the test match against Wales at the end of May and possibly the first of the tests in Australia.
Farrell’s actions could be punished with a two-week minimum ban, and his sin-binning means he has already been found guilty of the act. His recent record also speaks against him and a mid-range penalty for the offence would be six weeks. This would also see him miss the Wales match.
It is likely Eddie Jones will be looking at replacements for the pair if they do end up being banned for the first match of the summer. He has taken a less strict stance on discipline than Stuart Lancaster, but recently he has spoken out very clearly of what he expects from on-field discipline of some players.
With these rather senseless actions jeopardising their participation in the summer tour, he might not shy away from dropping the pair from the team for the foreseeable future.
Paul Peerdeman, Pundit Arena
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