English Joe Marler Returns From Retirement

July 8, 2019 by

Britain’s Joe Marler has returned from international retirement and has been added to the country’s World Cup training squad. The 29 year old Harlequins prop had retired from the professional scene last year in September after winning 59 caps.

But the player has since reversed his retirement and has since been included in England’s 35 man training tram for the upcoming World Cup that will be taking place in Japan. England head coach, Eddie Jones, told reporters that he saw Joe during the Barbarians week where he indicated that he wished to return to the game. He added that they have since had a few chats and Jones has given the player the chance to come back into the national side.

Four uncapped players have also been named as part of the training squad, which includes Northampton flanker Lewis Ludlam, Bath wing Ruaridh McConnochie, Saracens hooker Jack Singleton, and Gloucester scrumhalf Willi Heinz. Premiership player of the year Danny Cipriani has been chosen alongside the others, while Harlequins prop Kyle Sinckler has been recalled after he spent a week with his club.

While they have no been officially added to the squad, injured players George Kruis, Mak Vunipolia, and Jack Nowell will continue their work with their rehabilitation in their camp. Jones is set to name his final World Cup team sometime in August, and has already removed a handful of his more experienced players, such as Chris Robshaw, Dylan Harley, and Danny Care.

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