Six Nations officials and their sponsors RBS have closed ranks on the Joe Marler controversy by refusing to reveal exactly who made the decision to clear the England prop over his “gypsy boy” jibe at Wales’ Samson Lee.

The decision not to sanction Marler has led to widespread condemnation, with many arguing the credibility of rugby has been brought into question.

One MP has suggested the matter could yet be debated in Parliament by the Culture Media and Sport committee, because of the wrong signals such a high profile incident has sent out.


A spokesperson maintained Six Nations officials were aware of the seriousness of Marler’s comment and don’t condone what he said. They also pledged to work with World Rugby by promising to provide them with the relevant information they need to explain how their final decision was reached.

World Rugby say they want to know the background to the case , but a spokesman said: “We will not be making any comment until the conclusion of this matter, as you will appreciate.”

Even the Six Nations’ high-profile sponsors RBS were loathe to get involved. “Sorry, there is no comment from us,” said their spokesman, after much deliberation.

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