Dublin - World Rugby has asked Six Nations
Rugby to fully explain why it did not punish England prop Joe Marler for
abusing Wales opposite Samson Lee.
In a statement on the World Rugby website
on Thursday, it said it "requested further information from Six Nations
Rugby ... in respect of the process that led to its decision."
Marler used a slur against Lee in the first
half of their match on Saturday at Twickenham, then apologised to Lee at
Six Nations Rugby decided on Wednesday not
to take any disciplinary action against Marler, who faced a minimum four-week
ban, because "the comment was one made in the heat of the moment,"
and he "deeply regretted what he said."
Lee also played down the incident, which he
regarded as banter. He said he accepted Marler's apology on Saturday.
Marler was reprimanded by England coach
Eddie Jones, who demoted him to the reserves for the Grand Slam-deciding game
against France on Saturday, though Jones said that wasn't a punishment.
In a separate hearing, Marler admitted to
striking Wales prop Rob Evans' face with his forearm, and also was not
sanctioned by Six Nations Rugby.