England prop given stern warning over discipline by Eddie Jones
Prop Joe Marler says he has been given a stern warning regarding his discipline by England boss Eddie Jones.
The Harlequins player has missed four internationals this season through suspension but is back in contention for the Calcutta Cup clash against Scotland at Murrayfield in a fortnight.
The 26-year-old has revealed that Jones “wasn’t a happy bunny” after he was handed a six week ban in January.
“I think his patience is wearing thin, from what I’ve been told directly,” he told the Rugby Union Weekly podcast.
“I won’t go into too much of it, but he wasn’t a happy bunny [following the latest ban] and he made it very clear to me – he didn’t need to make it publicly,” Marler added.
England will spend two days this week scrummaging against the Georgia forwards, which Marler feels could be a stepping stone on the way to becoming the number one side in world rugby.
“It’s a way for Eddie to test us, and a way for us to test ourselves against the best pack in the world when it comes to scrummaging,” added Marler.
“Ultimately, it comes down to [the question of] do we think scrummaging against Georgia is a good way to improve and keep striving to our goal of winning the World Cup and being the best side in the world? Yes.
“It’s going to be tough, but it’s something to look forward to.”