Joe Marler didn't hesitate when picking his all-time best front-rowers - Ruck

Joe Marler didn’t hesitate when picking his all-time best front-rowers

England and Harlequins loosehead-prop Joe Marler has named ‘five of the best’ players he’s played with or faced

It’s fair to say, it’s a sensational selection from the prop.

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  • Major teams Barbarians, Highlanders, Newcastle Falcons, Toulon, New Zealand, New Zealand Maori
  • Position Prop
  • Caps 45

MARLER SAID: “I played against him when he was at Newcastle and he basically Would knock **ing s**t outta ya for 80 minutes. It was like play against a prop with the fitness levels of a flanker.”


  • Major teams Barbarians, British and Irish Lions, Ireland A, Munster, Ulster, Ireland
  • Position Hooker
  • Caps 124

Marler said: “Best is hard as nails and a great thrower at the line plus great in the loose. He was pretty underrated in my opinion.”

DID YOU KNOW? Best followed his elder brother Simon into rugby, playing alongside him for both province and country


  • Major teams Leinster, British and Irish Lions, Ireland
  • Position tighthead-prop
  • Caps 55


  • Major teams Blues, Highlanders, North Harbour, New Zealand
  • Position Prop
  • Caps 118

MARLER SAID: “I think he was a farmer. He epitomised those earthy, no-nonsense values on the rugby field, getting on with the job. The player I looked up to most early in my career.”


  • Major teams Leicester, England, Lions
  • Position Prop
  • Caps 98

MARLER SAID: “He looks like a polar bear, an animal renowned for being miserable. A really good friend of mine, but always a tough opponent.”

“Different characters” – There is one South Africa player that Owen Farrell absolutely hates

England’s fly-half Owen Farrell fearlessly expresses his strong opinions, especially when they concern individuals he’s not particularly fond of, reflecting his passionate and outspoken personality.

#1. Dave Attwood

Former England lock Attwood has opened up on the latest RugbyPass Offload about his ongoing rivalry with Owen Farrell.

He revealed: “On the pitch, I struggle a lot with Owen Farrell. We just don’t see eye to eye on a lot of things,

“He hates me with a passion. Despite my earthy roots, he thinks I am a posh c***. He hates that. I bagged rugby league once jovially. I was saying it to take the piss kind of thing, ‘a bloody sport for the peasants’. He f**kin’ hated it.”

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Dave Attwood facts:

  • He made 157 appearances in Blue, Black and White over an eight-year period during his first spell at Bath before returning in 2022
  • His debut came against Newcastle Falcons at the beginning of the 2011/12 season after arriving from Gloucester, scoring four tries in his first campaign
  • The lock quickly established himself as a key player in the Bath pack and excelled at international level too, with 22 of his 24 England caps coming whilst at the Re
  • The former England international has also played for Bristol (twice), Gloucester and Toulon during his established career