Joe Marler breaks silence after fans call for prop to be cited for high tackle - Ruck

Joe Marler breaks silence after fans call for prop to be cited for high tackle

Joe Marler’s tackle on Fiji’s Albert Tuisue might come under further scrutiny from the citing officer after England’s defeat at Twickenham.

During the match, referee Jaco Peyper communicated to Fiji’s captain Nayacalevu that the officials couldn’t locate any camera angles that definitively depicted head contact, consequently allowing play to proceed.

The potential for additional footage to surface means that Marler hasn’t escaped repercussions just yet.

This was evident as Nayacalevu shook his head when the incident was deliberated upon in Fiji’s post-match media briefing.

Simon Raiwalui, the head coach of Fiji, commented, “The tackle was unmistakably high and a direct hit to the head.”

Ignoring the calls for him to be cited, Marler said: ,”Congratulations @fijirugby “paaak” – gutted we couldn’t get the result for @Courtney_Lawes – huge milestone for a top player. Thanks to the fans for your support, we will try and do better in France x”

Five players Steve Borthwick should drop for World Cup opener, and who should replace them

Here’s the lowdown on five fellas who should be shown the door and swapped out before that showdown with Argentina.

#1. Dan Cole

Planet Rugby 2/10: “Can’t get around the field effectively enough. Set-piece is pretty strong but often exposed in the loose.”

Rugby Pass 3/10: “A first start since September 2019, the question must be asked is can England afford to have him involved when he is allergic to the ball? Just a single carry in 69 minutes.”

Evening Standard 3/10: “One of England’s finest servants, but at 36 England should have moved on by now.”

Replacement: Kyle Sinckler