England prop Joe Marler has revealed he chatted to Alun Wyn Jones after he grabbed the Welshman’s genitals in this year’s Six Nations clash, and they are ‘absolutely fine’.
However, presenter Piers Morgan felt Jones had reacted ‘over the top’ to the whole situation.
Morgan said to Marler: “I’ve known rugby players in my village for 40 years. This seemed to me, on the scale of things you all do to each other, about 0.001 on the Richter scale, and it became this enormous scandal – you had to be banned for 10 weeks.
“I found the whole thing completely baffling. Were you bemused that everyone threw their toys out of the pram about it?
“I didn’t think there was anything wrong at all. I thought the reaction of Alun Wyn Jones, he’s a 6ft 5ins monster, the idea that he felt in any way that this was offensive or whatever was ridiculous.”
However, despite Piers point of view, Marler admitted that he regrets the incident.
“It was a bit of a brain-fart moment, really,” Marler explained.
“Do I accept what I did was wrong? Not so much the action, but the time and the place of it. Because, between two friends, having a laugh, I completely got that wrong on that occasion.”
JOIN THE RUCK:
7 things you didn’t know about Joe Marler
1. Starting out
Marler started his career at Haywards Heath RFC in Sussex where he played in the same side as fellow England international Billy Twelvetrees.
2. Not a one-club man?
After joining the Quins academy in 2008, the prop spent some time on loan to Esher and Worthing