ENGLAND rugby ace Joe Marler grabbed Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones by the balls, prompting Gareth Thomas to crack a brilliant joke.
In hilarious footage English prop Marler can clearly be seen to grab the crotch of Wales legend Jones as the two rivals faced off at Twickenham in the Six Nations.
ITV talked about the incident at half-time and Welsh pundit Gareth Thomas – who came out publicly in 2009 – had his say on Marler's antics.
Thomas – a former Wales captain – said: "It would've never have happened in my day and I'm really upset about that – because if it had I would have never retired!"
The joke from the openly gay former dual-code rugby player went down very well with supporters on Twitter.
One said: "Gareth Thomas saying he’s upset at the Joe Marler behaviour because if he’d known he would do that “he’d never have retired” I AM CRYING."
Another tweeted: "Gareth Thomas just did the best bit of punditry in sport's history."
One fan went further and said: "Marler is a legend but Gareth Thomas's retort is priceless! Isn't rugby a wonderfully 'inclusive' sport?"
The traditional rivalry between England and Wales did not fail to disappoint in a feisty clash at Twickenham.
The two sides had broken out into a scuffle in the first half – despite the referee blowing his whistle – when Marler saw an opportune moment to better acquaint himself with the opposition.
Rugby is known for its camaraderie and team spirit as well as respect between rivals but Marler has taken those values to the next level!
Wales skipper and British and Irish Lions star Jones was left stunned as Marler was caught on camera not keeping his hands to himself.
Marler found the whole incident amusing and was caught smirking by the cameras as Jones' complaints to the officials went unheard.
England eventually conceded a penalty courtesy of Red Rose skipper Owen Farrell being penalised for starting the mass melee.
Referee Ben O'Keeffe was keen for all players involved to calm down after some more than others had got particularly excited.
To add insult to injury Wales went in 20-9 down at half-time in front of a bumper English crowd at Twickenham.
Marler was subbed off in the 66th minute by coach Eddie Jones before England managed to hang on to win 33-30 despite Manu Tuilagi's red card.
The unusual footage has since gone viral on social media with everyone keen to have their say.
Former England fly-half Andy Goode tweeted: "Joe Marler checking for how big Alun Wyn Jones bush is! Yellow card?!"
One fan said on Twitter: "Joe Marler offering an alternative to a handshake here…"
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