Joe Marler, Courtney Lawes cited following England's win over Wales

Joe Marler will face disciplinary hearing on Thursday
Joe Marler will face disciplinary hearing on Thursday
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England pair Joe Marler and Courtney Lawes will face a disciplinary hearing after they were cited following their recently concluded Six Nations game over Wales at Twickenham Stadium.

Marler was alleged to have grabbed the genitals of Wales skipper Alun Wyn Jones in the opening half of the game that England went on to win 33-30. The incident was missed by the on-field referee but Jones appealed to World Rugby to look into the incident after the encounter.

"There's a lot of footage that has been shown. It seems like a lot of supporters saw what happened," Jones said after both sides' penultimate Six Nations game.

"It's very frustrating that we talk a lot about TMOs (television match officials) and footage reviews, yet there doesn't seem to be a lot of it happening."

If proved guilty, Marler will face a minimum of 12 week ban while the high end sanction for such incidents goes over 24 weeks.

"The England No 1 Joe Marler has been cited for an alleged infringement of Law 9.27. (A player must not do anything that is against the spirit of good sportsmanship - hair pulling or grabbing; spitting at anyone; grabbing, twisting or squeezing the genitals and/or breasts in the case of female players), during the Guinness Six Nations England v Wales match last Saturday," read a statement from Six Nations.

"A disciplinary hearing will take place on Thursday 12.03.2020 in Dublin."

Meanwhile, Lawes has been cited for a dangerous tackle on Jones in the second half and will appear before the independent disciplinary committee along with Manu Tuilagi, who was sent off during the closing stage of the game.

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