"Lacked respect" - Joe Marler was ‘blacklisted’ after openly criticising England boss  - Ruck

“Lacked respect” – Joe Marler was ‘blacklisted’ after openly criticising England boss 

Below, we look at how Joe Marler and four other players who fell foul of former England head coach Eddie Jones.

#1. Joe Marler

Marler had put a future in the media into a higher gear last Autumn, regularly appearing on celebrity game shows, presenting on Talk Sport and even starring in a new celebrity version of Rui Paul’s Drag Race.

Joe Marler of England Rugby during the Six Nations Championship match between England and Wales at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on February 26th 2021. – PHOTO: Phil Mingo/PPAUK

Their relationship was further strained after Marler declared on national radio that Jones decision to replace 80-cap Danny Care after just 36 minutes against the Wallabies ‘lacked respect’.

Despite only being 31-year’s-old, he has previously revealed that he doesn’t see himself playing on much longer if he fell out of favour with the England boss.

“The end is nigh,” Marler told The Times earlier this year.

“I would love to make it to the World Cup [next year] but that’s very much out of my hands. If there is a conversation with Eddie Jones saying I’m not in the plans for it, then I would accelerate life after rugby and concentrate on that, shut up shop at Quins and walk away from it.”

“Can I manage to play another three or four years at this age? Probably not. But what do I want to do?” he added.

Joe Marler facts:

  1. Marler started his career at Haywards Heath RFC in Sussex where he played in the same side as fellow England international Billy Twelvetrees
  2. After joining the Quins academy in 2008, the prop spent some time on loan to Esher and Worthing
  3. He’s been nicknamed Croissant. In his own words, it’s because: “The boys think I have a nose that looks like a French pastry.”
  4. Marler was captain for England at U18s level and represented the U20 squad throughout the Junior World Championship in summer 2009
  5. He is also one of the hosts of The Joe Marler Show podcast with Tom Fordyce