Thursday, 4 October 2018

Well done Joe Marler

It may have sent certain sections of the media into meltdown but it is quite clear what Joe Marler meant when he commented this week about how he used to try to get himself suspended to avoid England duty.
Even before Marler's subsequent statement confirming that he had never deliberately done anything to get a ban, it was pretty obvious that it was the anxiety that he suffered around going into England camp that often caused him to behave so irrationally on the pitch.
Rational behaviour and anxiety are not natural bedfellows, as anyone suffering from anxiety or (like me) has a friend or family member who suffers, will know.
From time to time I admit that this blog can be quite critical of players' behaviour and the word "wazzock" is not unheard of in this context.
Mental health, however, is a whole different ball game. Joe Marler is to be applauded for his admission and it is clear that, by stepping down from the international scene, he is doing what is right for his family and for his own mental health.

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