Joe Marler considering quitting rugby after being slapped with 10-week ban

England prop Joe Marler is considering quitting professional rugby after he was slapped with a 10-week ban for grabbing the genitals of Wales captain Alun-Wyn Jones.

The 29-year-old was caught in the act during England’s Six Nations clash with Wales at Twickenham earlier this month.

Marler’s punishment was decided by an independent citing commissioner at a disciplinary hearing in Dublin a fortnight ago and, according to the Daily Mail, the Harlequins forward has been left feeling so disillusioned with the ruling that he is considering calling time on his professional career with immediate effect.

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The British and Irish Lions star has not returned to his club since his indiscretion, despite having only one year remaining on his current contract.

Marler, who contemplated quitting the sport at recently as 2018, deleted his social media accounts after receiving a torrent of abuse but has received the support of several high-profile teammates.

England and Harlequins colleague Danny Care told the Rugby Union Weekly podcast: ‘If you know Joe and you’ve played with him or spent a lot of time with him, you know he hasn’t done it in a malicious way.

‘You know he hasn’t gone out there to annoy anyone or anger anyone or disrespect anyone. He’s done it in Joe’s way of being Joe.

‘Alun Wyn Jones is a team-mate of his from the Lions – I’m pretty sure they’re mates. The scuffle has broken out, Joe’s tried to make light of it and do what he’s done on Alun Wyn Jones.

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