England loosehead prop Joe Marler could be set to miss out on some of the Six Nations Championship, after being cited for an incident during Harlequins’ clash with Sale Sharks on Saturday. Marler was shown a straight red after reckless shoulder charge, and can’t have had many complaints.
Complete headloss from Joe Marler ?
He saw red as Sale edged past Quins… pic.twitter.com/eGl2pG21oN
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Marler will appear before an independent disciplinary panel for the incident. The hearing will take place in London on Tuesday 9 January at 18:30.
This means that Marler is now a doubt for the start of England’s Six Nations campaign. The Red Rose get their tournament underway with a trip to Rome to take on Italy, as they embark on their title defence. Although Mako Vunipola is viewed as the first-choice loosehead, nonetheless a player of Marler’s quality is an extremely valuable asset to Eddie Jones, and should he miss out through suspension, it would come as a major setback.
Meanwhile, TJ Ioane of Sale Sharks has also been cited for an incident in the same game, charged with striking Marler.
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