Aviva Premiership
Marler suspension reduced
ESPNscrum Staff
September 21, 2011
Harlequins prop Joe Marler is wrapped up, London Irish v Harlequins, Aviva Premiership, Twickenham, London, England, September 3, 2011
Joe Marler was cited for striking an opponent during his side's clash with London Irish at Twickenham © Getty Images

Harlequins' Joe Marler has had his ban for striking an opponent reduced from three weeks to two following a Rugby Football Union (RFU) appeal hearing.

The 21-year-old prop had been handed his initial suspension after being found guilty of striking a London Irish player during the Aviva Premiership clash between the two sides on the opening day of the season.

However, Marler chose to appeal the decision and his case was heard by Independent Judicial Officer Gareth Rees QC at Twickenham on Wednesday, leading to a reduction that means he will be available to play again on September 27.

Consequently, while Marler will still miss his club's trip to Sixways this weekend to take on Worcester, he will now be eligible for selection for the October 1 meeting with Sale Sharks at The Stoop.

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