Welsh rugby bosses are vowing not to let the Joe Marler ‘gypsy’ issue drop and are taking up the matter directly with Six Nations chiefs.

The WRU issued a statement at Thursday lunchtime, admitting they were “surprised” at the decision not to sanction Marler.

Six Nations organisers revealed they were not taking any action against the England loosehead, even though his jibe at Wales prop Samson Lee has enraged many.


Wales are not prepared to let the matter rest and appear ready to make their views known to the poweers-that-be.

The WRU statement read: “We are surprised by the decision of the Six Nations disciplinary hearing.

“We stand by our belief that that there is no place for the use of racist language in sport.

“Clearly this incident has raised broader issues for the game of rugby which require follow up and which we are undertaking directly with Six Nations.

“Our focus is on preparing for the final weekend of the championship and giving the Welsh public the win they deserve.”

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