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England prop Joe Marler withdraws from Wales game and Australia tour

  • Joe Marler has made himself unavailable for England’s summer tour of Australia
  • The prop had established himself as a key player in Eddie Jones’ squad and featured in all five of their Grand Slam matches
  • England will face Australia in three Tests – in Brisbane on 11 June, Melbourne a week later and Sydney on 25 June
Harlequins prop Joe Marler has made himself unavailable for selection for England’s Test against Wales and three-Test tour to Australia.

The 25-year-old was suspended for two weeks for kicking Grenoble’s Arnaud Heguy in April, directly after a two-match ban for calling Wales’ Samson Lee “Gypsy boy” during a Six Nations game.

“Whenever you play for England you have to be 100% and unfortunately I’m not in that place,” said Harlequins’ Marler.

“I would be letting my team-mates and country down if I were to tour.”



Jones himself offered his backing to Marler’s decision and insisted he still has a big future with England.

“Joe played brilliantly during the Six Nations and he will be a big loss in Australia,” said Jones.

“Joe knows better than anyone what it takes to be part of a winning international team and he obviously doesn’t feel like he’s quite there at the moment.

“We fully support Joe’s difficult decision and admire his honesty.

“He’s a young man with a very bright future. There’s no doubt in my mind he’ll use this time wisely and come back feeling refreshed and ready to be part of England again.”

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