Marler suspension reduced
September 21, 2011
Joe Marler was cited for striking an opponent during his side's clash with London Irish at Twickenham © Getty Images
Harlequins' Joe Marler has had his ban for striking an opponent reduced from three weeks to two following a Rugby Football Union (RFU) appeal hearing.
The 21-year-old prop had been handed his initial suspension after being found guilty of striking a London Irish player during the Aviva Premiership clash between the two sides on the opening day of the season.
However, Marler chose to appeal the decision and his case was heard by Independent Judicial Officer Gareth Rees QC at Twickenham on Wednesday, leading to a reduction that means he will be available to play again on September 27.
Consequently, while Marler will still miss his club's trip to Sixways this weekend to take on Worcester, he will now be eligible for selection for the October 1 meeting with Sale Sharks at The Stoop.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
"Cheika's been phenomenal. He gives you an incredible level of mental strength." Tom Hamilton talks to Waratahs star Jacques Potgieter
While the Super Rugby season enters the all-important knockout phase, elsewhere pre-season training never looked so enjoyable. We round-up the best snaps in our Week in Pictures
"Our scrums and lineouts are sometimes not that good but our men are very brave." Ken Borland finds that rugby is on the rise in Senegal
Laurie Fisher talks about the Brumbies and Gloucester, and provides revealing thoughts on the player involvement during the glory days in Canberra