Monday, 8 January 2018

Hey Joe

I like Joe Marler. He's a far better player than he's often given credit for and off the field he comes across as a decent, thoughtful and witty human being.

There's a fair to middling chance, however, that Marler will deservedly be suspended for at least part of this year's Six Nations following his idiotic and thuggish shoulder barge to the head of Sale flanker TJ Ioane on Saturday which earned him a red card.

The fact that there was no need to make any contact with Ioane, who was in the act of rolling away after a tackle, only serves to highlight the stupidity of Marler's actions. That Ioane has also been cited for striking the Quins loosehead a few minutes before the red card suggests that Marler's act was simply one of retribution.

Having also missed two of England's autumn international through suspension, you have to question how much more of Marler's "red mist" Eddie Jones will be prepared to tolerate.

Meanwhile the membership committee of the Total Flanker Hall of Wazzocks will be carefully considering Mr Marler's membership application...

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