In a significant development, Joe Marchant has conveyed his desire to Steve Borthwick, indicating his strong commitment to continuing his international career with England.
However, he recognizes the inevitable constraint on his selection prospects following his move to France.
Marchant is set to embark on his new journey with Stade Francais next week, marking the conclusion of his impressive nine-year tenure with Harlequins.
“It’s bittersweet for me; I obviously knew at the end of this campaign that I wasn’t going to be able to play for England afterwards,” said Marchant.
“But that just made me try to enjoy every moment of it, the wins, the losses, everything, the whole experience; just make the most of it.
“The message I’ve put out clearly is that I want to play for England, and I’d love to pull the shirt on again.
“So we’ll see what happens in regards to everything off the field with that.”
This transition to the French club undoubtedly has implications for his availability in the English national team, leaving fans and pundits eagerly anticipating how this chapter in his career unfolds.
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#1. Dan Cole
Dan Cole, born in 1987, is a seasoned prop forward with a formidable presence in England’s front row. Known for his scrummaging prowess and strong work ethic, Cole is a cornerstone of the national team’s pack.
He has amassed numerous caps for his country and played a pivotal role in England’s 2016 Grand Slam and 2020 Six Nations victories. His experience and technical proficiency in the scrum made him an invaluable asset to the squad.