Joe Marler comes into action against former English teammates for Barbarians against Twickenham clash – but will he reverse international retirement?
- Joe Marler retired from England last year after winning 59 international caps
- Loosehead has been in sublime form for Harlequins in recent months
- The boss of barbarian Pat Lam asked if he wanted to play and he accepted
- At the latest, there will be speculation as to whether he would reverse the retirement
Joe Marler plays against England on June 2 after accepting an invitation to represent the Barbarians in their traditional end-of-year meeting with the national team at Twickenham.
The 28-year-old Harlequins prop retired from international rugby last year after winning 59 caps for his country since a test debut in 2012.
However, the loosehead has been in the best shape for his club in recent months and Barbari's head coach Pat Lam approached him to gauge his interest in a maiden name for the famous invitation team.
Joe Marler has to play for the Barbarians against England at the end of the season
There was a delay in the process due to uncertainty as to whether Quins would charge a fee for their player's services – and also because Marler's wife, Daisy, is expecting their third child just days after he is ready to brave England.
Sportsmail, however, understands that an agreement has been reached on Wednesday and that Marler is now destined to return to the trusted area in an unknown kit.
His appearance will come at a time of feverish speculation as to whether he could reverse his decision to return from Tests.
In light of the serious hamstring injury from Mako Vunipola, who will keep the country's riotous head on for three months, there are rumors that Marler is in the race for a shock reminder and that he might take it into account.
Mako Vunipola is injured and there has been speculation that Marler has canceled the retirement
At this stage there seems to be no substance to this speculation. Sportsmail understands that head coach Eddie Jones in England is currently considering no approach to the Lion and Marler does not think he is interested in a summer of fitness camps and time away from his young family.
His presence in the Barbarians line-up will even ensure that there is no more chance that this unexpected scenario will happen.
Instead, he will focus his efforts on helping Lam & # 39; s team to produce a repeat of their stunning win at Twickenham last May.
On that occasion, Chris Ashton was visiting and his hat trick helped the Barbarians achieve a significant 63-45 win – achieved despite the traditional build-up of enthusiastic squadron socialization in central London.
Marler has been in excellent shape for Harlequins and will face his old England teammates
This time, England XV will be even more vulnerable, as it consists of rookies and players from the outside walls who are probably not on the program for the World Cup training squad on July 4.
Jones is not even employed for the competition. Instead, the former Northampton head coach Jim Mallinder, who now works with the national age group teams as an RFU employee, will be in charge.
His team will be named on Monday and the elect are facing a huge challenge.
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