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Six Nations Chiefs Defend Their Handling Of The Joe Marler Case

Six Nations organisers have been put onto defensive.

When news of Joe Marler’s two match ban and £20,000 fine broke last night, very few fans were surprised. However, the real talking point to emerge from last night’s disciplinary hearing was the fact that World Rugby overruled the Six Nations own judicial findings.

As a result, Six Nations organisers have been forced onto the defensive. In a statement published on Wales Online, Six Nations Rugby highlighted the fact that they took into Marler’s half time apology to Samson Lee, his reprimand from Eddie Jones and Lee’s comments in the aftermath of the incident.

It [their investigation] took into account all relevant matters, including Mr Marler’s immediate and unsolicited apology and his reprimand by the England head coach, Eddie Jones, as well as what it understood to be the views of Samson Lee, the subject of Mr Marler’s remarks.

Indeed while the Six Nations stressed that they ‘did not condone what had been said by Mr Marler in the match’, they believed that no further action was warranted.

Nevertheless, they did concede that ‘World Rugby disagreed with Six Nations Rugby’s assessment in this case’, and highlighted the fact that they have ‘no difficulty with that’.

Such a statement a statement will draw further criticism from those who believe that the entire episode has been dealt with unprofessionally by all involved.

Consequently, while Marler will regret his outburst for a long time to come, Six Nations Rugby will be hoping that the incident will be forgotten very quickly.

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