England International Set To Face His Country After Being Selected By Barbarians

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The Barbarians have added recently retired England international Joe Marler for their Test against England at Twickenham next month.

The Harlequins prop announced his shock retirement from international rugby in September of last year, despite being a shoe-in for Eddie Jones’ World Cup squad in Japan later this year.

He joins a stellar line-up for the Quilter Cup clash on June 2, with those already confirmed including big names from New Zealand, Wales and Argentina such as Charles Piutau, John Afoa, Steven Luatua, Malakai Fekitoa, Rhys Webb and Facundo Isa.

“Playing for the Barbarians is something I never thought would happen so I’m really excited to be involved — it’s a bit of dream come true,” said Marler.

“I’ve played against them for England, most recently last year, but it didn’t cross my mind that I’d get an invitation so I’m delighted to have been approached.

“I’m really looking forward to running out at Twickenham again but there’s also a bit of trepidation about walking into the Barbarians team room.

“It’ll be like the first day at school when you’re setting out to make a good impression. I know a few people like John Afoa but I’m sure I’ll have to win the others over!”

Barbarians squad so far:
Malakai Fekitoa
Rhys Webb
Filipo Nakosi
Steven Luatua
John Afoa
Chris Vui
Charles Piutau
Viliame Mata
Liam Messam
Facundo Isa
Joe Marler