STATEMENT: Steve Borthwick confirms the first England player to sign RFU hybrid contract - Ruck

STATEMENT: Steve Borthwick confirms the first England player to sign RFU hybrid contract

Steve Borthwick emphasised the significance of Jamie George inking the inaugural RFU hybrid contract, deeming it a “bold statement” for England’s strategy to retain top talents domestically.

The announcement of Saracens’ hooker George being appointed as England’s captain for the upcoming 2024 Six Nations was swiftly followed by the revelation that he had secured a groundbreaking two-year deal with both Saracens and the RFU – marking the initiation of a groundbreaking hybrid contract system.

“Well I think he was inundated with offers to go overseas, and it’s a big statement that he has decided to stay here, be a part of this team, and lead this team,” Borthwick told Sky Sports.

“Also that he believes in the new system which will come into play next season. That’s a really important step.

“I’ve been consistent in this message: we need to have a system in this country that means the players want to stay here.

“That they want to be part of great clubs competing for trophies year-in, year-out. That they are part of an England team they find an enjoyable and stimulating environment, where they improve as players and compete at the top end of world rugby.

“If we develop that system, players will want to be part of that, with respect to the players who decide they don’t. We want to make sure there is always that competition of players wanting to wear the England shirt.

“The eligibility rules are in place as they are. It’s ensuring that this is where players want to play their rugby and are able to maximise their potential and win trophies, seeing their clubs and countries competing at the top end.”

George is delighted to have put pen to paper for another two years as he closes in on 300 appearances for the club, and a century for his country.

“I’m ecstatic to be staying here for another couple of years, it’s so pleasing for me.” Said the hooker.

He added: “In my mind I always wanted to stay, I’ve grown up here, have been here for a long time and am excited by what is next.

“This whole organisation is based around people, and I’m excited by the people that we have here for the future. It’s an exciting time to be here, I can’t stress enough that my motivation is as high as ever.

“I’ve had some amazing times here and have enjoyed every part of it. My best mates are here and we all can’t wait see what the future brings.”

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#5. Joe Marler (England)

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

BARNES SAID: ” “He was always a funny one on the field in nice way. You’d be trying to tell him something serious and he’d just want to have a laugh and a joke.

“But he does bring a smile to your face. That is what is unique about our sport, the interaction between players and refs and refs and coaches. It does show our sport off in a good light.”

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