New Quins captain to lead from the front

Joe Marler
Joe Marler

Harlequins new skipper Joe Marler insists there is no need to panic despite his side’s poor start to the season.

After they were thrashed 39-0 by Saracens earlier last month their Aviva Premiership form has been indifferent, narrowly beating Wasps and suffering another heavy defeat at Exeter Chiefs.

Eastbourne’s Marler has previously admitted to being scared at the prospect of captaining the side and says that recent results, especially the defeat to Saracens, have been difficult to take.

Despite that, he insists he is relishing his new role.

“It was a bitter pill to swallow,” the former Hellingly prop said.

“As captain, I am enjoying the role because last season I was guilty, at times, of drifting out of games and going off on my own, losing my head.

“Being involved for the full 80 minutes with the leadership group is enjoyable - it’s still fun.”

Marler will lead his side out at against London Welsh this weekend.

It represents a good chance for them to turn their fortunes around against a club who have lost all four of their fixtures this season and are rooted to the bottom of the league.

London Welsh were promoted from the Championship last season and are finding life difficult at this level.

Quins were defeated 13-36 at Exeter in their last outing and have not lost back-to-back Aviva Premiership Rugby matches for exactly twelve months.