Ask the Welsh boys what Sampson’s nickname is
Joe Marler hearing: James Haskell adds twist to gypsy tale
ENGLAND rugby star James Haskell sparked a new twist in the Samson Lee ‘gypsy boy’ storm last night.
Red Rose team-mate Joe Marler is sweating on a minimum four-week ban for verbal abuse after aiming the derogatory remark at the Wales prop in the Six Nations clash at Twickenham on March 12.
But Haskell dropped a massive hint Lee, 23, is called that by his OWN Wales team-mates.
Marler, 25, will finally find out his fate on Wednesday in front of a World Rugby hearing.
The Rugby Players’ Association launched a stinging attack on rugby chiefs for what they deem as hanging the Harlequins forward out to dry.
Haskell said: “I never condone racism anywhere.
“But go and ask what Samson Lee’s nickname in the squad is. Ask the Welsh boys what that is.
“I think it’s rubbish and don’t know why everyone is banging on about it.
“It’s very boring and we all just want to get back to playing rugby. I feel very sorry for Joe because he’s a lovely bloke and as RPA boss Damian Hopley said he’s not a racist. Racism is not acceptable.”
England boss Eddie Jones gave Marler a dressing down and reminded him of his responsibilities.
Haskell, who is back for Wasps against Northampton Saints on Sunday after a week off, added: “I think it has been dealt with five times.”