Joe Marler escapes punishment over strike on Wales' Rob Evans

It remains unclear whether he will face punishment for his “gypsy boy” comment

England prop Joe Marler will not be punished for his strike on Wales' loosehead Rob Evans during Saturday’s 25-21 Six Nations victory over Wales at Twickenham.

The Harlequins loosehead appeared to land a forearm/elbow in the face of Evans while trying to help his teammate Dan Cole ground the ball over the Welsh try-line.

Marler admitted to an act of foul play, but an independent Six Nations disciplinary committee has ruled his actions did not merit a red card.

The 25-year-old still faces disciplinary action for an incident of verbal abuse, in which Marler called Samson Lee “gypsy boy”.

Verbal abuse of a player based on religion, race, colour, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation or otherwise carries a minimum sanction of a four-week suspension.