England prop Joe Marler has been banned for 10 weeks for grabbing the testicles of Wales' Alun Wyn Jones, the Rugby Football Union has announced.

Centre Manu Tuilagi has also been suspended for four weeks for a high tackle in the same game, the Guinness Six Nations clash at Twickenham on 7 March.

Lock Courtney Lawes, who was cited for a dangerous tackle, was cleared following an independent disciplinary committee hearing in Dublin.

The incidents occurred during a stormy contest, which England won 33-30.

Following the postponement of their final Six Nations game against Italy due to the Coronavirus, the players will potentially only miss action for their respective clubs, Harlequins for Marler and Leicester for Tuilagi.

Marler accepted he committed an act of foul play but contested the citing that he "grabbed, twisted or squeezed the genitals" of an opponent.

This was dismissed by the committee, who deemed the offence worthy of a red card.

He was banned for 12 weeks, reduced by three due to certain mitigating factors but with another week added on account of his recent disciplinary record.

Manu Tuilagi collides with George North

Tuilagi was sent off in the 75th minute of the game for a no-arms tackle on George North.

Tuilagi argued the offence did not warrant a red card but the committee disagreed, banning him for six weeks minus two.

Lawes successfully argued his act of foul play, also for a challenge on Jones, was not a red-card offence.

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