Joseph William George Marler, born on July 7, 1990, is an English professional rugby union player who excels as a prop for Harlequins in the Premiership. Marler began his rugby journey at the age of 11, playing for Eastbourne Sharks and representing various teams, including Sussex Under 14-18 and London & South East.
He joined the Harlequins Academy in 2008 and made his first-team debut in the 2009-2010 season, following loan spells at Esher and Worthing.
Marler's time in the lower tiers of rugby provided valuable learning experiences, especially in the prop position. He played a crucial role in Harlequins' victory in the EPCR Challenge Cup final in May 2011 and contributed to their first-ever Premiership title in the 2011-12 season.
Marler captained Harlequins for the 2014-2015 season and later passed on the captaincy to teammate Danny Care. He has been a consistent member of the Harlequins squad, signing a new contract with the club in 2016. Marler has also represented the Barbarians and was selected for the British & Irish Lions' tour to New Zealand in 2017.
On the international stage, Marler has had an eventful career with the England national team. He made his senior debut in 2012 and has since become a regular member of the squad.
Marler represented England in the Rugby World Cup in 2015 and played a significant role in their successful Six Nations campaigns in 2016 and 2017, which included a grand slam victory. He announced his retirement from international rugby in 2018 but later reversed his decision, rejoining the England squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
Marler has faced disciplinary issues throughout his career, receiving bans for unsporting behavior and discriminatory language. Despite these setbacks, he has continued to contribute to both his club and country. Off the field, Marler has written a book about his life and hosts "The Joe Marler Show" podcast.
With his experience, skill, and determination, Marler remains a highly respected prop and a valuable asset to Harlequins and the England national team.
Ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2023, Marler has been named in the squad for England.
|2008 - present
|2012 - present
|Haywards Heath RFC
|2008 - 2008
|2009 - 2009
|British & Irish Lions
|2017 - 2021
|2019 - 2023