Prop Marler selected for a testing tour of Argentina

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Former Eastbourne Rugby Club player, Joe Marler, has been selected to go on England’s summer tour to Argentina.

Marler, who has been capped 10 times by his country, is one of the brightest front-row prospects to play for England in recent years and he will battle with London Irish player, Alex Corbisiero, for the chance to start at loose-head.

England start their tour on May 26 at Twickenham when they play the Barbarians, but Marler may have to miss this match if his Harlequins team make the Aviva Premiership final, which is being held the day before.

England will then play a CONSUR XV, representing the South American nations, in Uruguay on June 2, before playing Argentina in Salta and Buenos Aries on June 8 and June 15 respectively.

Marler started off playing rugby in Eastbourne before moving to Haywards Heath RFC. He then joined Harlequins academy before being loaned out to Worthing and Esher. He made his club debut in 2009 and has gone on to play over 75 times for Quins.

He only started playing rugby aged 11 and impressively captained England at under-18 level before making his international debut in South Africa last year.

He was educated at Maynards Green Primary School and Heathfield Community college. Known for his colourful hair and aggressive play, the 22-year-old is part of a team that contains 11 uncapped players and just three with over 20 caps.

Five of the players are 21 or under and coach Stuart Lancaster has decided to rest a lot of experienced names, including Chris Ashton, Danny Care and captain Chris Robshaw.

They are expected to have a tough time on tour, with the Barbarians selecting a strong squad, and Argentina ranked four places above them in the world rankings, although they are not able to call on their players based in Europe.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said, “We’re really looking forward to this tour and we’ve selected a young and exciting side which I’m sure will do the country proud in a tough series of matches.

“The key principles in selection were threefold: first and foremost to win the games but also to develop strength in depth and more options in certain positions, and to give one or two players a physical and mental break.”