Captaining England at any level is an accolade and Joe Marler did it for the U18 side against Wales eight years ago, stepped up for his England Saxons debut against Italy A in January 2011 and 17 months later won his first three England caps against South Africa in Durban, Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth. When making his 42nd appearance against France in March last year he had missed only four matches since his debut on the way to becoming a Grand Slam winner. He withdrew from the subsequent summer tour of Australia and took a break from the game before leading out England for his 50th cap and being part of an impressive pack performance in the stunning victory over Scotland this March.
Joe played in 14 consecutive Test matches before missing the final game against Italy in the 2014 RBS 6 Nations Championship to be with his partner Daisy in readiness for the birth of their first son Jasper. He then started all three Tests in New Zealand, played in all four autumn internationals and every Six Nations match in 2015, so building another sequence of 12 Tests before being rested for the opening Rugby World Cup warm-up game against France in August that year Joe had returned to training two months earlier after minor shoulder surgery.
He joined the Harlequins Academy in June 2008, spent the ensuing season on loan to Worthing, has figured on a similar basis for Esher and first played for the Quins A team against Wasps. He was appointed as Harlequins captain for 2014-15 and by mid-January this year, he had made 147 appearances for the club, including 101 in the Premiership, with seven tries overall.
Joe, from Eastbourne, was educated at Maynards Green Primary School and Heathfield Community College and began playing when 11 for Eastbourne Sharks. His stepping stones in the game not only include playing for Sussex Under 14-18 but also representing London & South East in 2006. Moving on, he played for England U18 in Argentina and in the IRB Junior World Championship in Japan seven years ago.
He appeared in all ten competitive matches played by England U20 in 2010, scoring two tries in the 41-14 win over Wales at Kingsholm and one in the IRB Junior World Championship third place play-off when England lost 27-22 to South Africa at Rosario that June.
Strong coaching influences on his game have included Will Stadler, his first mentor, followed by Tony Diprose and Ceri Jones, the former Harlequins loose-head prop. Joe’s father Paul, who played for local club Hellingly, introduced him to rugby and to the front row where he has appeared throughout his career.
Players that he especially respects are Nick Easter, Matt Ryan and Peter Bracken while his outside interests include cinema and golf. His favourite ground is Roundstone Lane, Worthing and his best memory – a match for the Sussex club against Dings Crusaders.
2012 SA(1,2,3), Fj, A 2013 S, I, F, It(R), W, Arg (1,2), A(R), Arg, NZ 2014 F, S, I, W, NZ(1,2,3), NZ, SA, Sam, A 2015 W, It, I, S, F, F, I World Cup - Fj, W, A, U(R) 2016 S, It(R), I, W, F(R), SA(R), Fj(R), Arg(R), A(R) 2017 F, W, It, S, I
Last updated: 30 March 2017