Wales are still fuming after Joe Marler grabbed Alun Wyn Jones’ genitals during Six Nations match, as the England player gets a 10 week ban
- Joe Marler has received a 10 week ban for grabbing Alun Wyn Jones’ genitals
- Wales are still livid, with coach Wayne Pivac saying it has no place in the game
- Jones is set to equal Richie McCaw’s all-time caps record against Scotland
Wales are still livid at Joe Marler for his grabbing of Alun Wyn Jones’ genitals with Wayne Pivac saying there is ‘no place in the game’ for the England prop’s act.
Marler was banned on Thursday night for 10 weeks after a disciplinary hearing in Dublin.
And in a week where Jones is to equal Richie McCaw’s all-time caps record, playing his 148th international, there is a feeling the furore has detracted from what should be a celebratory week for the Wales captain.
Joe Marler has been banned for 10 weeks after grabbing Alun Wyn Jones by the groin
TV cameras picked up Marler touching Jones’ genitals during Saturday’s Six Nations clash
When asked how he saw the incident from the England-Wales match instigated by Marler Pivac said: ‘There’s no place for that in the game.
‘We’re all role models for the young players and the next generation of the game, and there are rules. You can’t go outside those rules. If you do, then you face punishment.’ Skipper Jones’ deeper frustrations lie with the review process within a match.
Sportsmail understands he did not want to directly target Marler and his behaviour but was keen to make a wider point about a captain’s ability to talk to a referee.
‘His frustration wasn’t with any organisation, it was the fact the matter wasn’t dealt with on the field at the time,’ added Pivac.
Wayne Pivac condemned Marler’s actions, saying there is no place for it in the game
‘If something happens and is sanctioned later on, it doesn’t change the game.
‘What’s the sanction during the game for that? Would it have been a red card? It could have been a different Test match, we could have been alive in the competition.
‘His frustration is around the fact that thousands of people saw the event at the time, barring the people looking at the video.’ With the Scotland match set to be played on Saturday – despite the postponements of large number of sporting events in the wake of the coronavirus – Pivac is keen to play to right the wrongs of a poor campaign.
‘From within our group, it’s a massive game,’ said the Wales boss.
Jones is set to equal Richie McCaw’s all-time caps record against Scotland on Saturday
‘We haven’t been entirely happy with the results and no doubt the public won’t be happy either.
‘In terms of pressure we want to win every game and we’re as disappointed as every person watching the game. Given the amount of time and effort we invest we’re arguably more disappointed.
‘We know what we’re trying to achieve and if we get a result at the weekend we’ll be able to look back and say if we’d tidied up a few areas, we would have had a decent Championship. We firmly believe that.’
Pivac has changed his team again, after a third consecutive defeat, bringing in Rhys Webb to start at scrum-half for the first time since 2017, Cory Hill for the injured Jake Ball at lock, Wyn Jones is back replacing Rob Evans at loose-head and Sale’s WillGriff. John makes his debut at tight-head.
Wales captain Jones showed his disgust at Marler following the incident at Twickenham
The new cap is read to get stuck into the Scots.
‘I’m rather large,’ said the 19-stone prop.
‘I’m just hoping to smack some boys about.
‘It means a hell of a lot. It’s been a long time coming and I’m pleased to finally be able to play on the big stage.’
Wales: Halfpenny; North, Tompkins, Parkes, L Williams; Biggar, Webb; W Jones, Owens, John, Hill, AW Jones, Moriarty, Tipuric, Navidi (8).
Scotland: Hogg; Maitland, Harris, Johnson, Kinghorn; Hastings, A Price, Sutherland, McInally, Fagerson, Skinner, Gilchrist, Ritchie, Watson, Bradbury (8).
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