Marler apologises to Lee for 'gypsy boy' remark


The Rugby Football Union (RFU) says Joe Marler apologised for making an abusive comment to Wales' Samson Lee and was reminded of his responsibilities as an England player.

A video emerged online in which Marler appeared to call Lee "gypsy boy" during the first half of England's 25-21 Six Nations victory at Twickenham.

The pair squared up to one another during a melee between the two sides, and a spokesperson for Six Nations said tournament chiefs were establishing the facts of the incident.

The RFU has subsequently released a statement, which read: "Joe spoke to Samson at half-time to apologise and he was reminded by [head coach] Eddie [Jones] of his responsibilities as an England player after the game."

Wales Rugby Union (WRU) also issued a comment that said: "We're disappointed by the comment made, and pleased Joe Marler apologised to Samson and was reminded of his responsibilities as an international rugby player."