As an England and Quins fan, Marler is a rugby legend and can walk on water. No further comment needed
As a Dad, Marler has inspired my son to play rugby and after actually meeting him, shown a side not many opposing fans have seen…he’s really a nice chap. He wished my son happy birthday after picking him out from a crowd of Quins fans. It made his day and years later its still mentioned with admiration and pride.
As a rugby fan…Marler (if you are reading this) I just want him to pull on the England shirt for one last tournament.
So news that he’ll be playing for the BaaBaa’s against England has ignited my hopes that he will answer Eddie Jones call and help solved the current front row injury crisis. The issue however is Marler has a third baby joining the family and his head and body has enjoyed the rest from pulling on an England shirt. Does he have it in him to attend one last world cup camp? I sincerely hope he does.
The Barbarians Twitter account announced loosehead prop Marler as the newest recruit to Pat Lam’s side that will take on a depleted England squad – that will be coached by RFU employee Jim Mallinder – on Sunday 2 June, the day after the Premiership final.
Marler called time on his England career with 59 last September after struggling with the long spells in camp and on tour away from his family, which includes his wife Daisy and their two children. The couple are expecting their third child in the week after the Barbarians match at Twickenham, which initially delayed Marler’s confirmation in the squad, but the inclusion has since been announced.
In the press he’s stated “Playing for the Barbarians is something I never thought would happen so I’m really excited to be involved — it’s a bit of dream come true. I’ve played against them for England, most recently last year, but it didn’t cross my mind that I’d get an invitation so I’m delighted to have been approached”
“It’ll be like the first day at school when you’re setting out to make a good impression. I know a few people like John Afoa but I’m sure I’ll have to win the others over!”
Marler will become the latest England international to play against his own country, following in the footsteps of Saracens full-back Alex Goode and Chris Ashton’s memorable appearance in last year’s victory over Jones’ side, in which the then-Toulon back scored three tries in 27 minutes and held a discussion with the head coach that triggered his move to Sale Sharks and revival of his international career.
Could history repeat itself? Surely, any player offered the chance to play for his country in one last world cup hurrah would grab the chances with both hands and then retire for good…as a legend in every sense, not as someone thinking “what could of happened if…”
Since writing the initial blog, he has stated he would answer the call if England were desperate, however England aren’t in that situation at the moment (his words). I hope he changes his mind and states he is available. Japan needs players and characters like Joe appearing. A fantastic stage for one of the true characters and finest players in a generation.
P.S If you are reading this Joe, pick up the phone to Eddie…#GoodToTalk
P. P.S If Mrs Marler is reading this…give him your blessing from one last run out and you will be making an army of Quins and England fans very happy.