Joe Marchant’s Super Rugby gamble pays off as Eddie Jones hails his improvement ahead of Gallagher Premiership return.
The 3-cap England international made his final appearance for the Blues as a replacement in a narrow 27-24 win against the Highlanders this morning (UK time).
“He’s made a great move to explore what rugby can teach him and he’s shown the right sort of character,” revealed Jones, hinting at a recall for the talented centre.
'I've just loved every minute of it'.@JoeMarchant96 (or should we say 'Guv'?) reflects on his time playing @SuperRugby after his final game for @BluesRugbyTeam before heading back to @Harlequins.— Sky Sports Rugby Union (@SkySportsRugby) June 27, 2020
HIGHLIGHTS & REPORT: Blues 27-24 Highlanders 👉 https://t.co/MRbyiS6L29 pic.twitter.com/Q2A373LnTh
Marchant confirmed after the game that he is flying home to rejoin Harlequins and begin preparations for the restart of the Gallagher Premiership season.
The centre made his debut for the club in 2014 and has gone on to make more than 85 appearances for the famous London club.
Marchant represented England U20s at both the 2015 and 2016 editions of the tournament. In 2019 Joe made his first test appearance for England off the bench against Wales, before making his starting debut against Italy that same year.
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1. Josh Hodge
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