Tuesday 21 November 2017

Joe Marler on Marland Yarde's Harlequins exit: 'I hadn’t spoken to the bloke in 18 months'

Marland Yarde left Harlequins for the Sale Sharks
Marland Yarde left Harlequins for the Sale Sharks
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Harlequins and England prop Joe Marler has revealed that he last spoke to former team-mate Marland Yarde 18 months ago, following the winger's acrimonious exit from the Aviva Premiership club.

Yarde left Harlequins two weeks ago to join Premiership rivals Sale Sharks in an unusual mid-season move.

England back-row and Marler's team-mate at Harlequins, Chris Robshaw, did not mince his words after Yarde's exit, saying at the time: 'I am disappointed in him. Marland has unfortunately run out of lives."

That sentiment appears to be shared by Marler, with the British and Irish Lions prop admitting to The Rugby Pod podcast that the pair did not get on.

“I hadn’t spoken to the bloke in 18 months," Marler said. "I’d lost the plot with him a good while ago. And let him be, let him do his own thing, because I’d given up on it.

“He’d made the decision that he wanted to leave…you know, all the best to him. I wish him all the best. I don’t wish nastiness upon anyone.

“He’s one of those to just leave, as he won’t change in my mind. Me and him just don’t get on.”

Speaking to Rugby Pod hosts Jim Hamilton and Andy Goode, Marler added that he was 'f***ing gutted' to miss England's joint training session with Wales earlier this week, which saw the two teams working on their set-piece against each other.

Marler is suspended for the first match of England's three-game November schedule against Argentina and admitted that he does not expect to see any game time in the following fixtures with Australia and Samoa.

Mako Vunipola will start for England on Saturday against Los Pumas, with Leicester loosehead Ellis Genge named among the replacements.

"I doubt it. I would be surprised [if called up," Marler added. "I have missed out on a huge amount already, and then to get up to speed again, having had the week off already... it would be a push.

"We'll see. I hope the boys go well and what will be, will be."

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