England front-rower Joe Marler will be free to return to rugby
as soon as competition resumes despite currently serving a lengthy
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The Harlequins stalwart was handed a 10-match suspension for grabbing the groin of Wales skipper Alun Wyn Jones in their Six Nations match in March.
Under World Rugby guidelines, each week of suspension needs to
correspond to a match, meaning Marler would miss 12 weeks and 10 matches
of Harlequins’ season.
That suspension concludes on 7 June and that timeframe is not set to
change despite the fact no matches have been played with the competition
The Premiership will not resume until at least 27 June, meaning
Marler may not actually miss a single match of the season despite his
It had been reported that Marler was contemplating retirement after
being handed the ban and the high-profile personality had deactivated
his social media accounts in the wake of the controversy.
Marler is not the only suspended player who will benefit from this shutdown in a way.
His England team-mate, Leicester Tigers centre, Manu Tuilagi was
given a four-match ban for an illegal tackle in the same match and that
suspension expired earlier this month.
The same applies to France prop Mohamed Haouas who was handed a three-week ban for striking Scotland
flank Jamie Ritchie in the face and would've also been free to play
from 14 April.