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Joe Marler to be banned for “gypsy boy” insult

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Joe Marler to be banned for “gypsy boy” insult

England prop Joe Marler had been slapped with a £20,000 fine along with a two-match ban for racial abuse against Welsh forward Samson Lee, with Joe calling him out as a “gypsy boy”.

The comment was made and heard in England’s Six Nations win orer Wales in March, and an apology made to Lee had since been accepted.

Marler, 25, had avoided punishment initially. He avoided sanctions from Six Nations before World Rugby conducted their examination on the incident.

In a statement, Six Nations Rugby said it had made it clear that it did not condone what Marler had said, but that it would not take any further disciplinary action against him.

“Six Nations Rugby fully co-operated with World Rugby’s disciplinary process in this case, and fully supports and endorses World Rugby’s disciplinary regime in international rugby,” it added.

To that end, Six Nations Rugby said that it “has no difficulty” with being overruled by the game’s global governing body.

The fine charge on Marler will be donated to an equality charity in the UK, while his ban will prevent him for joining the Harlequins’ quarter final match against London Irish and the subsequent Premiership trip to meet leader Saracens.

He had previously been allowed to play in England’s final Six Nations game after the organisers decided against punishing him. The Welsh Rugby Union issued its own statement at the time, saying it was disappointed with the Six Nations’ decision not to punish Marler.

But there were different takes on the incident even from each countries’ managerial personnel. England head coach Eddie Jones reprimanded Marler after the incident, but Lee dismissed it as “banter”. Wales head coach Warren Gatland also described the comment as such apologised for his remark later on.

England survives Wales comeback to begin Grand Slam dream

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England survives Wales comeback to begin Grand Slam dream

England takes 25 points against Wales’ 21 to plant their feet solidly into first place of the Six Nations’ table, even as the Welsh clearly threatened to repeat England’s World Cup tragedy at Twickenham last year.

After two successive tries within four minutes, Wales threatened to get past England once again at the last fifteen seconds. George North was racing on for another try before being pushed into touch by Manu Tuilagi.

Wales would remain arguing against the decision of the touch judge. But if the play at 20 metres from England’s line had continued, it would well have not been a victory for England.

Though the match itself began with much anticipation and tense build-up, Wales were virtually absent during the first-half. Ironically, England would only have they own to rue about as they should have scored two tries in the opening 14 minutes.

Wales would miss tackles and blunder through and could not display a single redeeming quality that elevates their game above England. Still, they managed to score three tries and were within earshot of making England rue their day once more.

Still, England was convincing enough as they stole two of three Welsh free throws. Maro Itoje led the Roses’ charge as he crashed through tackles, made 14 himself, beats two defenders, made a clean break, a turnover and secures all four thrown to him.

He is one of the reason England supporters would be hopeful of a grand slam as they progresses to the decider against France. Eddie Jones, England’s coach would build on those hopes too.

“The Grand Slam is on, isn’t it?” Jones said smilingly after the game. “All we need to do is prepare well. We prepare well, we play well, we win the game.

Dylan Hartley: people want to see me muck up

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Dylan Hartley people want to see me muck up

As England prepares for the Six Nations, newly appointed captain Dylan Hartley revealed that he “never prepared for a game so well” as he does for the match against Scotland, because people want him to fail.

The hooker from Northampton had been banned for a total of 54 weeks but was slated by new coach Eddie Jones to succeed Chris Robshaw as captain for the Six Nations tournament.

“The captaincy, the whole media circus and everyone wanting to see me muck up is making me prepared for this game in a good way too,” Hartley said.

“It has been almost a year since I have played for England and, as you get older, you reflect and you get wiser. This is something I am going to cherish.”

He also showed that he was committed to the cause, and removed himself from social media to avoid any distractions. It goes to show how determined he is to keep a lid on his emotions after loads of disciplinary issues in the past.

“Looking back on where things have gone wrong in the past it’s maybe because, when the games are so big, I build something up, so I’m just trying to focus on myself this week.”

“First and foremost I have to know my role and be part of a dominant set-piece. The captaincy thing will just happen,” he said.

Ryan Wilson excluded from Scotland squad

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Ryan Wilson excluded from Scotland squad

Ryan Wilson had been excluded from Scotland’s Six Nations squad, but not for allegedly grabbing the testicles of an opponent in a game.

Tim Swinson was another cited player in the same match, where Northampton Saints defeated Glasgow by 19-15 in the European Champions Cup.

However, Swinson retained his place in the squad.

Uncapped Zander Fagerson and Rory Sutherland have also been named in Scotland’s 35-man squad for the Six Nations

“We made a decision with Ryan before he was cited,” said Scotland coach Vern Cotter.

“We’re happy with the way he has been improving but we feel that the [other] players are playing better than he is at the moment.”

Explaining his choices of players, he described Rory as “impressive with the quality to become an international player” and that Zander was “exceptional with competitive desire.

Scotland would begin the Six Nations championship at home playing against England, and will visit Wales and Italy soon after.