RBS Six Nations

Marler omission not a punishment - Jones

England head coach Eddie Jones insists Joe Marler was not put on the bench as punishment for his abuse of Wales' Samson Lee last weekend.

Prop Marler was given the all clear to play in England's Grand Slam decider against France this weekend after Six Nations Rugby ruled he would face no action for calling Lee 'gypsy boy' in a 25-21 victory over Wales at Twickenham last Saturday.

Harlequins front row Marler had a half-time apology accepted by Lee, with head coach Jones reminding him of his responsibilities as an international rugby player.

However, the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU) expressed its surprise at Six Nations Rugby's decision on Wednesday, the day after head coach Warren Gatland had apologised for dismissing the incident as 'banter'.

Marler has been named on the bench for the pivotal clash at Stade de France but should be involved as England seek a first Grand Slam since 2003.

Hinting that the WRU keep changing their stance on the matter, Jones said in a media conference: "If you look at the statements put out by Wales yesterday, maybe they don't know whether they're Arthur or Martha.

"We're playing for a Grand Slam. That's much more exciting than [talking about] something that happened seven days ago.

"I've let the process run its course and we'll go with the findings."

Asked if he had dropped Marler because he anticipated him being banned, Jones replied: "It [leaving Marler on the bench] suits the way we're going to play at the weekend. I spoke to Joe about the situation and said it was inappropriate."