joe marler

France v England - International MatchThe tattooed, Mohican-haired loosehead prop has become a cornerstone of the England pack and is a fearsome competitor in both the tight and the loose.

After progressing through the Under-20 and Saxons ranks, the 25-year-old Harlequin was first called into the England squad in 2010 as cover for David Wilson but had to wait two years to earn his first cap, against South Africa in Durban – a 22-17 defeat.

Since then, Marler has managed to establish himself as Stuart Lancaster’s first-choice loosehead despite competition from Mako Vunipola and Alex Corbisiero.

Marler used to have a hot-headed reputation and a tendency to collect cards of both the yellow and red variety, but he matured both on and off the field after he was handed the Quins captaincy last season.

He was nearly ruled out of the RWC after injuring himself when tripping on his son Jasper’s toy snake and falling down the stairs but, thankfully, he is now fully recovered and hoping to drive England on to glory.

Marler now has 32 caps but will hope to add a lot more at the coming World Cup.

Joe Marler

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