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Published 18/05/2016

Joe Marler will not feature on England's tour to Australia
Joe Marler will not feature on England's tour to Australia

Harlequins prop Joe Marler has withdrawn from England's plans for next week's match against Wales and the three-Test tour of Australia.

The 25-year-old says he needs a "short rest" and the news comes after an eventful few weeks.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at how Marler has found himself in the headlines recently.

March 11 - Marler verbally abuses Wales prop Samson Lee during England's 25-21 RBS 6 Nations victory, calling him a "gypsy boy".

March 13 - The RFU reveals that Marler apologised to Lee for the slur, which was accepted by the Wales player.

March 14 - Marler was cited for striking Wales front row Rob Evans in the same game and ordered to appear in front of a Six Nations disciplinary hearing.

March 16 - Six Nations Rugby chooses not to sanction Marler for either offence.

March 23 - World Rugby Union announced Marler would face an independent misconduct hearing regarding his abuse of Samson after Six Nations organisers let him go unpunished.

April 5 - Marler was suspended for two matches and fined £20,000 - to be paid to charity - following the WRU misconduct hearing.

April 22 - On his return from suspension Marler courts more controversy as he kicks Grenoble hooker Arnaud Heguy in the head.

April 27 - The 25-year-old is handed another two-match suspension by the RFU for his offence on Heguy, ruling him out until May 9.

May 13 - Marler makes his return to the Harlequins side for the European Challenge Cup final defeat to Montpellier.

May 18 - He withdraws from England's summer tour to Australia, saying he needs a "short rest".

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