England prop Joe Marler could face a minimum 12-week ban for a below-the-belt grab on Alun Wyn Jones.
The incident, which wasn’t spotted by referee Ben O’Keefe, occurred during a fractious and frenetic opening at Twickenham.
Gareth Thomas made light of the situation on ITV and said: ‘It would have never have happened in my day and I am really upset about that because if it had I would never have retired!’
World Rugby’s Law 10 states that anyone found guilty of “testicle grabbing, twisting or squeezing” faces a minimum 12-week suspension, while the maximum penalty is a FOUR-YEAR ban.
Commenting on the incident, the Wales captain said: “If I react I get a red card. Hopefully World Rugby have a look at it.
“Joe is a good bloke. . . but there is all the footage that has been shown and a lot of supporters have seen what has happened.
“I looked across at the touch judge and he obviously didn’t see anything. But we talk a lot about TMOs and what they review, so it was frustrating this wasn’t dealt with there.”
LIST | 20 times Joe Marler didn’t give a RUCK
He really doesn’t care.
1. Nowhere else to start
Taking life, or a Welshman, by the balls…
Joe Marler doing Joe Marler things. 🍆 pic.twitter.com/UF4NNaHGgz— Nick Heath (@nickheathsport) March 7, 2020
2. When he taught us his favourite word
Stuart Barnes is a complete helmet……..
— Joe Marler (@JoeMarler) November 12, 2015
3. Destroying GEORGE NORTH
4. Burning twitter critic
In a reply to the appearance of Joe Marler on a BBC 5 Live show, a Tweeter observed that he thought the prop was a “absolute try hard weapon……….him not you obviously”.
Problem was that Marler was tagged in the Tweet and duly decided to reply.
“Very true mate. I try very hard……. to have regular vaginal intercourse with your mum, but she insists on having it in her arsehole every time! Mental.