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Sport Marler to miss two Six Nations games after six-week ban

05:31  10 january  2018
05:31  10 january  2018 Source:   omnisport.performgroup.com

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Joe Marler will be unavailable for England's opening two Six Nations encounters after being handed a six - week suspension. The prop was red-carded midway through the second half of Harlequins' 30-29 defeat at Sale Sharks on Saturday after striking TJ Ioane with his shoulder.

England prop Joe Marler will miss the first two Six Nations games after receiving a six - week ban for striking with the shoulder. England open their campaign against Italy in Rome on February 4 before hosting Wales at Twickenham six days later.

JoeMarler - Cropped: England prop Joe Marler © Provided by Omnisport England prop Joe Marler

Joe Marler will be unavailable for England's opening two Six Nations encounters after being handed a six-week suspension.

The prop was red-carded midway through the second half of Harlequins' 30-29 defeat at Sale Sharks on Saturday after striking TJ Ioane with his shoulder.

Marler appeared before an independent disciplinary panel on Tuesday and was issued with the punishment, meaning he cannot return to action until February 20.

England open their campaign against Italy in Rome on February 4 before hosting Wales at Twickenham six days later.

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Joe Marler has been ruled out of England’s first two Six Nations matches against Italy and Wales after receiving a six - week suspension, handing Eddie Jones a considerable selection headache for the start of the championship.

Joe Marler , the Harlequins prop, has missed the Italy and Wales Six Nations games through suspension and he said: ‘I really need to knuckle down’. Joe Marler admits to pain of missing out on England games .

  Marler to miss two Six Nations games after six-week ban © getty

"The panel found that contact was made with the head of TJ Ioane and as a result the mandatory entry point is mid-range," said chairman of the disciplinary panel Philip Evans.

"The panel considered that the player's previous record was such that it required an additional period of suspension of one week, however because of his plea, his conduct since the incident took place and other personal mitigation, the panel allowed some reduction."

Iaone, meanwhile, was found guilty of striking Marler with his arm five minutes before the sending-off incident, and has been banned for two weeks.

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