Joe Marler: England prop set to be available despite ban

Joe Marler is set to be available for England’s second autumn international against Australia, with the decision to spread his three-week ban over a four-week period expected to be reversed.

Prop Marler was suspended for striking on Wednesday, but a European Professional Club Rugby disciplinary committee judged that because of the player’s “likely playing commitments” the ban would not include Harlequins’ Anglo-Welsh Cup clash with Saracens on 5 November.

Marler was therefore ruled out of matches against Argentina and Australia and not selected in head coach Eddie Jones’ squad.

But it is understood Harlequins have successfully queried the verdict with the European Cup authorities.

It means Marler will be free to face the Wallabies on 18 November, if selected.

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