Now retired from international rugby, Joe Marler has turned to journalism and wasn’t afraid to fire a few shots at the French team ahead of Le Crunch.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if the France team are sitting around their hotel eating a few macaroons, drinking coffee and puffing away on a packet of Marlboro Lights.” wrote Marler for the mail Online.
“Whenever you play against a French team, it’s pretty common to see one of their players having a fag while they’re waiting for the bus. It amazes me that it still goes on in professional rugby, but it does.
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“You’ll probably see one of their biggest forwards lying on top of Ben Youngs. He’ll claim he’s being sneaky and tactical by taking out the scrum-half, but it’s probably just an excuse for a breather.
“France were terrible in the second half against Wales. It’s the ultimate rugby cliche, but you never know whether they’re going to be brilliant or dull in attack, have a great set-piece or not give a damn.
“You never know which France team will turn up, but I expect England to win by 20 points. “
Read Marler’s full article HERE.