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Marler to face World Rugby hearing over 'Gypsy Boy' comment

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World Rugby says England's Joe Marler will face an independent misconduct hearing over his 'Gypsy Boy' comment to Samson Lee.

World Rugby is of the view that the comments amount to misconduct and/or a breach of the code of conduct under World Rugby Regulation 20 and should have been considered by an independent process.

In the absence of such a process by Six Nations Rugby, World Rugby is exercising its right to take appropriate action before an independent judicial committee.

– World Rugby statement

World Rugby says the case will be heard as soon as 'practically possible' and details will be announced in due course.

Read more: World Rugby question why England prop was not sanctioned

Samson Lee has previously said that he took the comment as banter. The WRU later released a statement saying it was surprised by the Six Nations disciplinary committee's decision not to sanction Marler.


Dragons fly-half Tovey to join Edinburgh

Dragons fly-half Jason Tovery is joining Edinburgh Rugby. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Newport Gwent Dragons fly-half Jason Tovey is leaving the region for Edinburgh.

The 26 year old has made more than 160 appearances since making his Dragons debut in 2008, having started his career with the Dragons academy.

It’s so important for players to experience rugby outside of their comfort zone during their career. Jason has served his region very well over the years but will need more game time at this stage of his career.

We feel that our future at fly-half lies with Dorian Jones, Angus O’Brien and Arwel Robson and all will be contesting for game time between now and the end of the season.

– Lyn Jones, Dragons Director of Rugby

Newport-born Tovey previously left the region for Cardiff Blues in the 2012/13 season, before returning for 2013/14.

Ken Owens brands PRO12 season 'most competitive'

Ahead of the Scarlets' west Wales derby with the Ospreys, international hooker Ken Owens has branded this season's PRO12 'the most competitive.'

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Just five games of the regular PRO12 season remain and at least seven teams are still in the hunt for a top four play-off place.

Last year felt pretty tough; we were fighting for that sixth spot. There are different pressure and different competitiveness for us this year but one we’re looking forward to as a squad.

It’s nice to be fighting for a place in the play-offs. We have got five very difficult games still to play. That’s what’s made the league more competitive. There are teams playing for play-offs, teams trying to qualify for Europe, and I still think it will come down to the last weekend.

I think it’s up there with one of the most competitive seasons.

– Ken Owens, Scarlets and Wales hooker

‘Gypsy boy’ comment should be put to bed says RFU chief

England say Joe Marler did apologise to Samson Lee at half-time. Credit: PA Images

Rugby Football Union chief Ian Ritchie is satisfied Joe Marler's 'gypsy boy' comment to Samson Lee has been dealt with in the right way.

Marler was not sanctioned after verbally abusing the Wales prop in England's 25-21 win over Wales at Twickenham earlier this month.

The Six Nations committee accepted his private and public apology as sufficient and chose not to impose any punishment.

World Rugby has since launched inquiries into the process of his investigation and could enforce sanctions on the 25-year-old.

Let's take some perspective and let's not deflect from what we did in terms of the Grand Slam. There was no citing officer complaint, there was no referee complaint, and the Six Nations looked at the matter fully as well, and came to a conclusion. So as far as I'm concerned that should be the end of the matter.

– Ian Ritchie, England Rugby Football Union Chief

Biggar takes the positives from Six Nations

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Dan Biggar believes that Wales are "in pretty good shape" at the conclusion of this season's RBS 6 Nations Championship.

While fly-half Biggar accepts that Wales' title hopes were undone by a first-half horror show against England at Twickenham, they can still reflect on a runners-up finish, while also scoring more points and tries than any other team.

It was 40 minutes against England this term, and it was the same last year, after which we went on to play some good rugby and should have won the championship, albeit we had that freak of a final day in 2015.

So other than 40 minutes of poor rugby against England at Twickenham, I think we are in pretty good shape.

Forty minutes of poor rugby in the first half has really hurt us, and that is something we have to address.

– Dan Biggar, Wales fly half


Wales U20s make history with Six Nations Grand Slam win

Wales U20 - Italy U20 Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Wales Under-20s have made history by winning their first junior Six Nations Grand Slam.

They took on Italy Under-20's at Eirias Park with a 35-6 win including tries from Shaun Evans, Harrison Keddie and Joe Thomas.

The team have already scooped the Triple Crown having already beaten Ireland, Scotland, France and England.

Half-time: Wales U20 6 - 6 Italy U20

Wales Under-20s have levelled the score 6-6 just before half-time against Italy Under-20's tonight.

The home side have never previously won the Six Nations championship or a Grand Slam at Under-20s level.

Dan Jones made it 6-6 with a penalty just before half-time. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales
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