Marler ‘Gypsy’ misconduct hearing set

England's Joe Marler (1) is confronted by Samson Lee

England’s Joe Marler (1) is confronted by Samson Lee, who later said he accepted the comment was “banter”

England’s Joe Marler will face a World Rugby misconduct hearing on 5 April for calling Wales’ Samson Lee a “Gypsy boy”.

Six Nations organisers had ruled Marler would not be punished for his comments made during a game on 12 March.

But World Rugby, which governs the international game, says his remarks “amount to misconduct and/or a breach” of its code of conduct.

Marler made the remark during England’s 25-21 win over Wales at Twickenham.

He apologised to Lee, who is from the Traveller community, at half-time.

The Harlequins player was reprimanded by England head coach Eddie Jones, although the Welsh Rugby Union was disappointed with the lack of a ban.

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