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Joe Marler Clarifies Comments On Getting Banned To Avoid England Duty

Recently retired England international Joe Marler said that he would deliberately try to pick up yellow and red cards during matches in an attempt to avoid having to go on England duty.

The 28-year old announced last week that he would be retiring from international duty, saying that he wanted to spend more time with his family.

Marler has since sensationally admitted that the anxiety he would suffer before joining up with the English squad was so bad that he would deliberately try and pick up suspensions so as to miss them.

Speaking to The Rugby Pod, Marler said:

“The anxiety I would get about having to leave and go away again would manifest itself in giving away more dull penalties and looking for outs, looking for a yellow card, looking for a red card, because if I could pick up a ban, that’s an easy way out without actually pulling the trigger.”

The Harlequins prop says that he came to the decision to step away from the international setup after again seeking trouble in his side’s game against Bristol, just before he was scheduled to join England’s training camp.

He admitted: “After that game, I said: ‘I can’t keep doing this. It’s not fair on my family; it’s not fair on the club’.”

Marler’s admission comes in light of the bans he picked up last season, which resulted in him missing some of England’s autumn internationals and Six Nations fixtures.

He has since clarified these comments on social media.

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Author: Oisin McQueirns

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