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Joe Marler give formal warning by RFU over Twitter insult

Joe Marler has been hit with a "formal warning" from the Rugby Football Union for his obscene Twitter remark aimed at former Australia coach Bob Dwyer.

Harlequins prop Marler tweeted "Bob Dwyer is a w*****" on Tuesday, but quickly deleted the social media message.

Now the RFU has issued the England prop with a formal warning that will remain on his record for five years and could colour future disciplinary proceedings.

Former Wallabies boss Dwyer accused prop Dan Cole of illegal scrummaging during England's 39-28 first Test victory over Australia, prompting Marler's Twitter response.

"The RFU can confirm Joe Marler has been issued with a formal warning under RFU regulation 19.6.14, following his comments made on social media about former Wallaby coach Bob Dwyer on Tuesday 14 June," read an RFU statement.

"Marler is extremely apologetic for the comment that was made and deleted it within a few minutes of it being posted on Twitter.

"The warning will be retained on Marler's disciplinary record for a period of five years and may be relied upon in any future disciplinary proceedings.

"The RFU considers this matter closed and will not be commenting further."

Marler chose to miss England's tour to Australia to "recharge his batteries" after a testing campaign.

He was banned and fined £20,000 for verbally abusing Wales' Samson Lee and then suspended for kicking Grenoble hooker Arnaud Heguy in the head.

Marler has been seeing former cricketer turned sports psychologist Jeremy Snape.

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