England fans are worried about latest Joe Marler interview, he's said 'it's not my choice' - Ruck

England fans are worried about latest Joe Marler interview, he’s said ‘it’s not my choice’

Let’s clear things up about Joe Marler: the fan favourite forward hasn’t retired from rugby quite yet.

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The loosehead prop, who was crucial for Steve Borthwick’s squad during the 2023 Rugby World Cup, has racked up 88 caps for England since debuting in 2012.

By the time he played his 42nd international match against France in March 2016, Marler had missed only four games since his debut and was part of a Grand Slam-winning team.

He took a break after pulling out of the summer tour of Australia that year but came back strong, leading England to a memorable victory over Scotland in March 2017 for his 50th cap.

Joe Marler of England and Nic Dolly of England during the national anthems during the Autumn Nations Match between England and South Africa at Twickenham Stadium on 20 November 2021. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

Having already teased retirement multiple time, in an interview with The Times, Marler shared his plan to retire from rugby entirely in just over 18 months.

A pep talk from his wife Daisy has shifted his attitude toward England. “I have not retired. This isn’t a bluff. I’m definitely not ready to stop with England,” says the 33-year-old prop. “But I am ready to go: ‘It’s not my choice.’”

With one year left on his contract, Marler has fans worried he won’t be around much longer, as he’s a much-loved figure in the sport.

The insane gym records of Joe Marler make him England’s second strongest ever player

The question “How much do you bench bro?” resonates across rugby clubs and fitness centres nationwide.

Andrew Sheridan, a legendary prop who earned 40 caps between 2004 and 2011, holds a distinguished place as one of England’s strongest players in history.

Renowned for his immense physical prowess, Sheridan’s reputation extends to the realm of near-elite powerlifting. His astonishing abilities include a bench press of 225 kilograms (35 st 6 lb; 496 lb) and a squat of 275 kilograms (43 st 4 lb; 606 lb).

Today, we highlight five of England’s current powerhouse players, among whom Joe Marler has recently astounded spectators with his remarkable lifts.

Discover the full list below.


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