Marler’s named new skipper at Harlequins

Joe Marler
Joe Marler

Eastbourne rugby star Joe Marler has been named as the new skipper of Harlequins for the 2014-15 season.

England prop Marler, 24, will take over from Chris Robshaw who had skippered the Aviva Premiership side for the last four years.

Marler has made more than 100 appearances for the club having made his debut as a teenager in November 2009.

Marler said, “I’m really honoured to be asked to lead a special group like this and a great club, and I can’t wait to get stuck in.

“I want to pay tribute to how well Chris has done over the last four years, leading us through the most successful period we have had as a club.

“It will be good to be able to take the pressure off him as he heads into a huge year with England.”

Robshaw also captains the England side who are preparing for the Rugby World Cup 2015 and Harlequins director of rugby Conor O’Shea admitted he ended Robshaw’s dual role to ease his workload.

O’Shea added, “I am delighted that Joe has agreed to take over the captaincy from Chris.

“He is a massively influential player and person within the group and will bring his own personality and style to the role, with the full backing of the entire squad and management.

“With regards to Chris, I have been speaking to him about the dual role of captaining both England and Harlequins for some time.

“He has a massive year ahead of him and I feel that we should relieve him of some of the pressure, which will allow him to focus on being at his best for both club and country.

“We are extremely grateful to Chris for the four seasons that he captained the club, of which three were spent captaining both Harlequins and England.

“We want him to be at his best for Harlequins, win trophies here and also lift the World Cup next year. To do so we believe he needs to be fresh both mentally and physically, hence why we have made this decision now.”

Marler has 19 England Test Caps to his name and previously captained the England under-18s.