The charismatic Harlequins prop is never afraid to make himself the centre of attention, but achieved that by accident during a meeting with Japan in Nice. England were defending a narrow 13-12 lead when a George Ford pass slipped through the hands of Will Stuart and bounced off the head of the unsuspecting Marler.
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The ball dropped kindly into the path of England captain Courtney Lawes, who duly crossed the line for a try that the match officials had to award following a TMO review as a knock-on cannot be flagged if the ball strikes a player on the head.
Proper test match last night and we are happy to be 2/2. 厳しいテストをしてくれた @japanrugby_jrfu に感謝します 👏🏻🇯🇵 - Thank you to the @englandrugby fans back home as well as the ones that travelled and made it another amazing atmosphere in the stadium.
Eastbourne native Marler also claims to have been inspired by Brighton’s efforts in the Premier League this season, following their 3-1 win over Manchester United on Saturday, telling Sky Sports: “I take huge inspiration from Roberto De Zerbi and his mighty Seagulls doing a demolition job on United. Just taking huge inspiration from them and finding a way to help the boys score.”