French prop learns his fate after Joe Marler is told he can serve ban in lockdown

Montpellier prop Mohamed Haouas, who picked up a three-week ban for punching in France’s Six Nations match against Scotland, will be deemed to have served his sentence during the coronavirus lockdown.

The 25-year-old was sent off after striking Scotland flank Jamie Ritchie in the March 8 Test, a match the French went on to lose 28-17 after picking up three wins from their opening three games.

The prop, French rugby federation said, , will be able to play again “as soon as the sporting season resumes”.

Top 5 On-Field Fights of the Six Nations Era

Is there anyone who doesn’t like a bit of good old-fashioned, ’70s-style on-field brawling?

Hell, even the players involved seem to enjoy it. They certainly didn’t hesitate to get stuck in.

So here’s a roundup of the best on-pitch fights of the Six Nations era. Enjoy.

1. France v Italy, 2014

Referee shows two players, Italy’s Michele Rizzo & France’s Rabah Slimani, red cards for foul play as France takes on Italy in the 2nd round clash of the RBS 6 Nations Championship from the Stade de France.

2. Wales v Ireland, 2005

Paul O’Connell unleashes the beast within & unloads the ground and pound on Wales’ Robert Sidoli. The nearest thing you will see to UFC on a rugby pitch.