England prop Joe Marler has avoided a ban despite admitting to striking Wales' Rob Evans during last weekend's Six Nations clash.

Marler avoids striking ban

Marler avoids striking ban

The Harlequins player appeared in front of a disciplinary committee in London on Wednesday and accepted he had been at fault for the incident that took place during England's 25-21 victory over Wales at Twickenham on Saturday.

Despite admitting his guilt the 25-year-old avoided a suspension, with the committee instead upholding the complaint, but deeming the offense not worthy of a red card.

A statement from the committee read: "Mr Marler accepted that he had committed foul play. Having considered all of the evidence, including various video clips, and listened to representations by, and on behalf of, Mr Marler, upheld the citing complaint. However, the disciplinary committee found that the offending would not have warranted a red card and so imposed no sanction."

Marler will now be available for England's crucial clash with France at the Stade de France on Saturday, as Eddie Jones' side chase the victory they need to secure their first Grand Slam success since 2003.

The 2003 world champions have already secured the Six Nations title thanks to Scotland's 29-18 victory over France although they will face a difficult task in Paris, as they have lost on their last two visits to the French capital.