London - Prop Joe Marler will be available for the second
match of England's autumn Test series after the expiry date of his three-week
suspension for striking was brought forward on Friday.
Marler is now free to play from midnight on November 12,
meaning that although he will miss the opener against Argentina at Twickenham
(November 11) he will be able to play against Australia the following on Saturday.
The adjustment to the dates of Marler's ban, which remains
at three weeks, comes after his club Harlequins argued he would have played in
the Anglo-Welsh Cup on November 5, having been omitted from the England squad
named for the autumn series on Thursday.
Marler pleaded guilty to striking Wasps player Will Rowlands
with his forearm in Harlequins' 41-10 defeat by Wasps on Sunday.
A disciplinary committee initially rejected a request for
England's training camp on the weekend of November 4-5 to be included within
the suspension even though he would not have played a match.
However, once the 27-year-old prop was excluded from Eddie
Jones's 34-man training squad bound for Portugal next week, thereby making him
available for club duty, Harlequins informed the committee that he would have
been selected for the opening two rounds of the Anglo-Welsh Cup.
The committee - which included former Scotland coach Frank
Hadden - then brought forward the end date for the ban.
"Marler remains suspended for three weeks after being
found guilty of striking with the arm during the Champions Cup, round two match
between Wasps and Harlequins at the Ricoh Arena," a statement from the
"However, it has now been decided that his suspension
will end at midnight on Sunday, 12 November."