Joe Marler calling Samson Lee 'Gypsy boy': Misconduct hearing set

England's Joe Marler (1) is confronted by Samson Lee
England's Joe Marler (1) is confronted by Samson Lee, who later said he accepted the comment was "banter"

England's Joe Marler will face a World Rugby misconduct hearing on 5 April for calling Wales' Samson Lee "Gypsy boy".

Six Nations organisers had ruled Marler would not be punished for the comment, made during the first half of England's 25-21 win over Wales on 12 March.

But World Rugby, which governs the international game, says the prop's remark "amounts to misconduct and/or a breach" of its code of conduct.

Marler apologised to Lee, who is from the Traveller community, at half-time.

The Harlequins player was reprimanded by England head coach Eddie Jones, but the Welsh Rugby Union was disappointed he was not suspended.

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