Joe Marler

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Joe Marler
Joe Marler.jpg
Date of birth (1990-07-07) 7 July 1990 (age 28)
Place of birth Eastbourne, England
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 112 kg (17 st 9 lb; 247 lb)[1]
School Heathfield Community College
Rugby union career
Position(s) Prop
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2009– Harlequins 194 (45)
Correct as of 8 May 2017
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012–
2017
England
British and Irish Lions
58
2
(0)
(5)
Correct as of 17 June 2018

Joe Marler (born 7 July 1990) is an English professional rugby union player for Harlequins in the Gallagher Premiership playing primarily as a Prop.

Background[edit]

Marler was educated at Maynards Green Primary School and Heathfield Community College and began playing when 11 for Eastbourne Sharks. His stepping stones in the game not only include playing for Sussex Under 14-18 but also representing London & South East in 2006.

Marler started his career at Haywards Heath RFC in Sussex where he played in the same side as fellow England international Billy Twelvetrees.[2][3]

The following season he was again called up into the U20 squad, and marked his 6N debut against Wales with two tries. He made his Guinness Premiership debut for Harlequins at the end of that season.[citation needed]

Marler was initially mostly known for his colourful and creative hairstyles but soon he let his scrummaging and powerful play around the field do the talking. Outside of rugby Joe is interested in cinema, golf and quidditch.

Club career[edit]

Harlequins

At the start of Harlequins career, Marler was sent out on loan to Esher and Worthing for a season each.

Marler played a crucial part in helping Harlequin to claim their first ever Premiership title by starting in their 2011–12 Premiership final victory over Leicester Tigers.[4]

On 4 August 2014 Harlequins named Marler as their new captain, replacing Chris Robshaw due to his commitments as England captain in the 2015 World Cup year.[5]

Marler then passed on the captaincy of Quins to teammate Danny Care in the following season.[6]

On 18 January 2016, Harlequins announced that Joe Marler had signed a new contract to stay at the club. Marler commented on Twitter: "I'm a Quin. I love everything about the club, good and bad. I love every time I get to pull the famous quarters on."[7]

International career[edit]

England[edit]

Marler was called up to the England U20's squad for the 2009 U20 Six Nations, but was injured throughout. He was called up to represent England U20's throughout the Junior World Championship in summer 2009. He was called into the England squad for the 2010 end of year tests as injury cover for David Wilson. When Wilson recovered, Marler was kept on alongside him in the squad. He eventually made his test debut against South Africa where he started two test matches at loose-head prop in the summer of 2012.

Marler started for England against Scotland at Twickenham in the 2013 Six Nations, and was substituted after 55 minutes.

Ahead of England's summer tour to Australia later that year, Marler publicly ruled himself out following recent disciplinary issues.[8] England went on to win this landmark series 3-0.

British & Irish Lions[edit]

On 19 April 2017, Marler was named as one of the 41 players selected for the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand in June and July of that year.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Joe Marler". Harlequins website. Retrieved 23 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "FORMER HEATH COLT JOE MARLER NEW CAPTAIN AT QUINS". HHRFC. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "CONGRATULATIONS TO JOE MARLER AND BILLY TWELVETREES". HHRFC. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  4. ^ "Harlequins 30-23 Leicester". BBC Sport. 26 May 2012. Retrieved 2 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Marler in for Robshaw as Quins captain". BBC Sport. 4 August 2014. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Danny Care replaces Joe Marler as Harlequins captain". BBC. 19 August 2015. Retrieved 18 January 2016. 
  7. ^ "England prop Joe Marler signs new contract with Harlequins". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  8. ^ "Joe Marler rules himself out of England tour to Australia". Retrieved 2016-07-18. 
  9. ^ "Lions 2017 squad announcement: Warburton captain, no place for Hartley – live updates!". The Guardian. 19 April 2017. Retrieved 8 May 2017. 

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