Harlequins prop Joe Marler named in England squad despite confirming retirement - Ruck

Harlequins prop Joe Marler named in England squad despite confirming retirement

Joe Marler has been named in the England squad for the summer tour of Japan and New Zealand, though he has confirmed that he will soon retire.

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Steve Borthwick has named a 36-player squad for the forthcoming Summer Series.

England will play in Tokyo on June 22, marking former coach Eddie Jones’ first game in his second tenure leading Japan.

Borthwick’s team will then face the All Blacks in two tests in New Zealand: in Dunedin on July 6 and Auckland on July 13.

Despite being available for the tour, Marler reiterated that he will retire next year.

Joe Marler of England during the Six Nations Match between England and Wales at Twickenham, London on 10 February 2024 (Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)

The loosehead-prop, who played a crucial role for Borthwick’s team during the 2023 Rugby World Cup, has earned 92 caps for his country since his debut in 2012.

Speaking to The Times, he revealed the end is nigh: “I’m available for England but I’ll quit rugby in 2025,”

Ben Youngs recently quipped to Marler: “When are you letting everyone know that you’re not doing it anymore?”

Marker responded: “I said ‘I can’t, as I’ve done it eight times and no one will believe me! It’s the boy who cried wolf — you do it, it’ll be fine.'” 

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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