RUGBY: CONOR O’SHEA DEFENDS JOE MARLER’S KICK AGAINST GRENOBLE

RUGBY: CONOR O’SHEA DEFENDS JOE MARLER’S KICK AGAINST GRENOBLE

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RUGBY: CONOR O’SHEA DEFENDS JOE MARLER’S KICK AGAINST GRENOBLE

– Joe Marler has yet again got himself into a controversy that could left him on further game ban as he has appeared to kick Grenbole in the head on Friday

– Conor O’Shea has come to his defense

 

RUGBY: CONOR O'SHEA DEFENDS JOE MARLER'S KICK AGAINST GRENOBLE
Joe Marler

RUGBY: CONOR O’SHEA DEFENDS JOE MARLER’S KICK AGAINST GRENOBLE

Joe Marler, England rugby international had appeared to Grenoble’s Arnaud Heguy in the head during Friday’s European Challenge Cup semi-final.

Shortly after the game, Harlequins boss Conor O’Shea has defended the England prop for the said action.

Marler, 25, was playing for the first time since serving a two-match ban for calling Wales forward Samson Lee a “Gypsy boy” during the Six Nations.

Referee John Lacey did not see the incident during Quins’ 30-6 victory.

“It was not a boot, it was nowhere near a boot – it was a shin,” said O’Shea.

Citing commissioner Iain Goodall now has 48 hours to determine whether Marler should face a disciplinary hearing for the incident, with any punishment potentially affecting his availability for England’s summer tour of Australia.

But Quins director of rugby O’Shea was adamant that no further action should be taken.

RUGBY: CONOR O’SHEA DEFENDS JOE MARLER’S KICK AGAINST GRENOBLE

“Any test for a citing has to pass the red-card test,” said O’Shea. “Should he do it? No. Is it a red card? No.

“It’s disappointing to have to talk about it because I thought his scrimmaging was excellent. But he is under the microscope.

“Things happen. We never condone it but if that is a red card there’s a heck of a lot of things that happen on the pitch that are worse.

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“So I’d focus on the positives. I’ll have a word with him, but there are things happen on the ground. He got up, he did something, but it wasn’t a red card.”

As it stands, the England man may yet land in more troubles as he just returned from serving a two-game ban over his famous ‘’Gypsy boy’’ saga.

It is the prayer of the English fan that no hard actions are taken on  his latest attempt to kick Grenbole.

kick Joe Marler has been capped 42 times by England.

RUGBY: CONOR O’SHEA DEFENDS JOE MARLER’S KICK AGAINST GRENOBLE