British & Irish Lions Forward Says He Would Strike With Billy Vunipola
England prop Joe Marler has backed Billy Vunipola’s calls for a potential player strike.
Vunipola has warned that players could go on strike unless there is a reduction in the number of games top players are forced to play during the season. Marler, who toured with the Lions this summer, is in agreement with his England teammate.
“Everyone wants their piece of the pie but there’s only so much pie to go around,” Marler told the Mail on Sunday.
“I don’t want to sound like a wet flannel, but I think the season is at its limit and it could do with some positive restructuring.
“If it was to extend, there has been talk between the boys about some sort of strike or other action and I would be inclined to join that.”
Marler says he’s only has a six-day pre-season, but he’s a bit of an anomaly as he spent most of the tour on the piss!
“I only had a six-day pre-season, but I’m a bit of an anomaly because my Lions tour was basically a two-month stag do,” he said.
“Most of the boys have been managed pretty well by their clubs, but there are some guys who have gone straight back in because clubs understandably want their best players back before they go away again.
“The game’s changing. The physical demands are definitely going up.”