Joe Marler has revealed ‘This is the tightest England team’ he’s experienced this week following the damaging 20-17 loss to Scotland.
“With the new generation of players coming through there has had to be a bit of an adaptation from the staff and also from the older boys that the old hierarchical system that may have worked in rugby previously just doesn’t work that much now,” Marler said.
“It is more about open communications, honest communications, appropriate communications with the youngsters and finding different ways to connect with them rather than the old school ‘here’s a stick’ so to speak.”
Below, we look at three players that the prop never warmed too with Marler in most cases proving to be a good judge of character.
#1. Israel Folau
Over 1,000 days since Folau last played a professional match of rugby union, Marler’s old Twitter sparring partner made his return to the sport over the weekend.
The loose-head prop takes any chance he can to call out the former Wallabies fullback, who could soon represent Tonga, for his homophobic views.
In a series of tweets sent directly to Folau, Marler attached pictures and GIFs of men kissing, in a display of defiant humour which was praised by fellow players and LGBTQ fans alike.
Marler later named Folau in his dream team in a tongue-in-cheek fashion.
On selecting Folau as his fullback, Marler commented, “On the night out, after we had played our match on the Saturday, I’d take him out in Brighton to The Blue Oyster… a couple of clubs.”