Harlequins prop Joe Marler has had his say on former teammate Marland Yarde’s acrimonious move to Sale Sharks.
Yarde left the Stopp under a cloud earlier this month having been dropped for a number of disciplinary issues. Chris Robshaw pulled no punches in his assertion that Quins are better off without Yarde at the club, and it’s an opinion that Marler would also appear to hold.
Indeed, speaking to the Telegraph’s Rugby Pod this week, Marler stated that he had long given up on Yarde and hadn’t actually spoken to him for 18 months prior to the 25-year-old’s eventual departure:
“I hadn’t spoken to the bloke in 18 months.
“I’d lost the plot with him a good while ago. And let him be, let him do his own thing, because I’d given up on it.
“He’d made the decision that he wanted to leave…you know, all the best to him. I wish him all the best. I don’t wish nastiness upon anyone.
“He’s one of those to just leave, as he won’t change in my mind. Me and him just don’t get on.”
Yarde hit back at Robshaw’s stinging critique in the Times last week, so it remains to be seen if the English international winger will respond to Marler’s view on the recent transfer. He has said that there is no bad blood with his former club, insisting that his move was based on him wanting a new challenge.