Joe Marler has hit the headlines again after he appeared to kick Grenoble hooker Arnaud Heguy in the head in Friday night’s European Challenge Cup semi final. Marler will face another anxious wait to see if he will have to face yet another disciplinary hearing
Harlequins cruised to a 30-6 victory at The Stoop but this incident will overshadow the win, and leave the 25-year-old England prop with plenty to think about. It was his first game back after a two match ban for the Gypsy Boy insult incident that took place against Wales in the Six Nations.
The citing window is 48 hours from the end of the match, so we will find out soon enough if Marler will be in the dock again, putting his England tour of Australia in jeopardy.
Harlequins boss Conor O’Shea said that whatever Marler did, it wasn’t worthy of a red card.
“Any test for a citing has to pass the red card test, and this does not pass that test. Should he do it? No. Is it a red card? No. It’s disappointing to have to talk about it because I thought his scrummaging was excellent. But he is under the microscope.
“Things happen, we never condone it but if that is a red card there’s a heck of a lot of things that happen on the pitch that are worse,” added O’Shea.