Joe Marler is back in the England squad after serving a 10-week ban for grabbing Alun Vin Jones’ testicle in his last Test match.
And it’s fair to say that not many players have had a rollercoaster career compared to an England prop.
Therefore sunsport Here’s a look back at some of Marler’s awkward moments during his reunion with boss Eddie Jones.
Catching Alan Wynn Jones with the balls is the best thing Marler has ever done.
And, of course, the stupidest.
The England prop was slapped with a 10-week ban on the Wales captain in 2020 for tickling his testicles.
Some fans even called out for sexually harassing him as he considered quitting rugby altogether.
After the bizarre Twickenham touch-up, furious Wells Locke Jones said: “If I react I get a red card. Hopefully World Rugby takes a look at this.
“Joe is a nice guy.. but all there is footage that has been shown and a lot of supporters have seen what happened.
“I looked at the touch judge and he clearly didn’t see anything.
“But we talk a lot about TMOs and what they review, so it was disappointing that it wasn’t dealt with there.”
Marler tweeted at the time: “B****** s. Complete b****** s.”
fighting with haskell
This crazy moment was one that Marler really won.
It all started when Marler pulled off James Haskell’s scrum cap before splashing it out of the water!
However an angry Haskell was the one who got the yellow card.
And England’s flanker raged: “He splashed water in my face, you’re allowed to do that?
“Look at it again, he splashed water on my face and I reacted. And he choked me with my scrum cap, that’s not allowed!”
Marler bowled a few punches as the two were sent off in 2011 – after being hit on the head by Leicester Tigers’ Marcos Ayreza.
Wayne Barnes sent both props after they ran into each other in The Stoop.
Nowadays, Marler has swapped glugging wine for sipping coffee when he asked Eddie Jones for his England location a second time.
Prop Marler famously left Test rugby in 2018 – only to change his mind with a boring rendezvous with Jones when he sipped a bottle of red with the England boss ahead of his shock 2019 World Cup selection .
And after winning the Premiership with Quince for the second time last season, Marler is back in Sunday’s England squad for the first time since a 10-week ban for grabbing Alun Wynn Jones’ testicle in 2020.
Boss Jones said: “We kept in touch and we went to Horsham for coffee and had a little chat – he wants to be a part of it.
“His form at the end of the season was excellent, his effort in the finals and semi-finals was superb.
“He is in good form and he wants to be a part of it and crack it. We will see how we go with it,” he said.
“He will have to fight hard because there are some good players here.
“Alice Geng, Bevan Rode and Ben Obano all put on great performances over the summer.
“Ganz continues to grow as a player, Rod is probably the most promising loose head around and Obano has really improved his game to guarantee selection in the England squad.
“It’s going to be good competition.”
Not only will Jones have the colored Marlers to keep a lid on – but so will coach Richard Cockerill – who will take his first season as forwards coach at the international level this week.
After hiring Leicester Tigers legend Jones said: “We need good coaches.
“Assistant coaches’ job is to fill in the cracks, they are there to make sure the team is fully prepared for the minute the details need to be filled in.
“Richard has got a good record. Ten years at Leicester as a coach, three or four years at Edinburgh, he has won trophies at Leicester, he has been everything from driving a bus to being director of rugby at Leicester.
“He has a good spectrum of experience, he is a proud Englishman.
“When we introduced him to the coaches’ meeting, one of the others picked up a clip of him and Haka.
“You remember Norman Hewitt? When he went up to the elder Norman Hewitt and appeared before him.
“He tells the story that Martin Johnson came to him later, I can’t repeat what I said, but it was quite funny.”