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Joe Marler: In football it is too much about the celebrity lifestyle – in rugby we play for the enjoyment

Posted January 7, 2015

Evening Standard

After England won the Rugby World Cup 12 years ago, they were treated as heroes on their return from Australia with hundreds of thousands of fans hailing them during a victory parade in London.

Should Stuart Lancaster’s men emulate the class of 2003 this autumn one can only imagine the way their triumph will be greeted given that the tournament is in England. After all, Team GB’s success at London 2012 was all the sweeter for it being on these shores.

The public profile of the players will rocket and there will be many chances to embrace the celebrity culture that has boomed in recent years.

But one man who will not do that is Joe Marler and he cannot understand why anyone would want to. In fact, the England and Harlequins prop hates that side of 21st century life so much it is the reason he is now disenchanted with football.

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