Marler gets long suspension for genital-grabbing

England prop Joe Marler, never too far off the action when it comes to illegalities, has been suspended for ten weeks for grabbing the genitals of Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones in last Saturday's Six Nations match against Wales at Twickenham. 

No further information was immediately available for why Marler escaped the low-end entry-point for a ban relating to “grabbing, twisting or squeezing the genitals” which is 12 weeks. (See below, from the @WalesOnline Twitter account)

Joe Marler cropMarler, 29, was charged with acting against the spirit of good sportsmanship by "grabbing, twisting or squeezing the genitals" of an opponent.

♦ Marler's teammate Manu Tuilagi faced the same panel following his red card in the same game after a poorly attempted last-ditch tackle on George North.

Tuilagi has been given a four-week ban and became the sixth England player to be sent off in a Test and the second member of his family to see red at Twickenham, following his brother Alesana for Samoa in 2005.

♦  A third England player, lock Courtney Lawes, also appeared before a disciplinary committee after being cited for a dangerous tackle on Alun Wyn Jones which was missed by the referee and TMO. The disciplinary panel found Lawes had committed an act of foul play  but not such that it had warranted a red card and the citing complaint was therefore not upheld.