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Stuart Lancaster’s first 5 England debutants. Where are they now?

2. Joe Marler

Harlequins prop Marler won his first three senior England caps against South Africa during 2012 summer tour, after previously being capped at England U18 and U20 level. By the time he made 42nd international appearance against France in March 2016 he had missed only four matches since his debut on the way to becoming a Grand Slam winner.

The prop withdrew from the subsequent summer tour of Australia and took a break from the game before leading out England for his 50th cap in their stunning victory over Scotland in March 2017. Three months later, Joe was part of the British & Irish Lions squad for their tour of New Zealand and was a regular for the Lions in their midweek games.

He announced his international retirement in September 2018 to spend more time with his family, but has since reversed this decision.

Marler has had his fair share of controversies down the years, but he’s established himself as an England legend nevertheless.

VERDICT: 9/10

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