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Joe Marler timeline

Harlequins prop Joe Marler has withdrawn from England's plans for next week's match against Wales and the three-Test tour of Australia.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