Joe Marler

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Jack Clement of Gloucester runs with the ball during the Gallagher Premiership Rugby match against  Harlequins at Kingsholm. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Eddie Jones’s autumn Test preparations are already being hit by the Covid-19 confusion which is threatening to cause fresh issues for club and country(...)

Joe Marler’s ban will expire without missing any matches for club or country.  Photograph: Reuters

England expect Joe Marler to be available for selection when international fixtures resume amid suggestions the loosehead prop was considering walking(...)

James Cronin in action for Munster against Racing 92 at Thomond Park during last November’s Champions Cup game. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

To paraphrase Hunter Thompson ‘We had just finished the warm-up when the prednisolone began to take hold.’ Time to play. Pain free. Where had we hea(...)

 Jack Carty  is encouraging people to avoid trolling or scaremongering on social media. Tackle Your Feelings campaign  is funded by the Z Zurich Foundation. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

 Jack Carty isn’t the first rugby player, nor the last, to have searched his own name on social media after a match only to then let the abusive (...)

Wales’ George North tackled by Manu Tuilagi of England which led to the England player being sent off. Photo: James Crombie /Inpho

In the disappointing reality of having no matches to comment upon, much is being written about disciplinary issues – no bad thing. Here’s my take on (...)

England’s Joe Marler has been banned for 10 weeks. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Rugby’s disciplinary process and value system has decreed that genital grabbing merits more than twice the punishment for a dangerous and recklessly h(...)

The red card for Manu Tuilagi was indisputably correct, despite Eddie Jones’ “absolute rubbish” protests. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Sadly, and wisely, there was no game for Ireland in Rome. But the fare on offer in Twickenham would have better suited the Coliseum. Too often England(...)

England’s Joe Marler and Alun Wyn Jones of Wales after the game at Twickenham. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

England prop Joe Marler has been cited for his bizarre squeezing of Alun Wyn Jones’s groin in England’s Six Nations win over Wales. The Harlequins pr(...)

The Rory Best autobiography reads like yet another jigsaw piece in the history of Irish rugby. Photograph: Inpho

Latest jigsaw piece in Irish rugby history When writing a book the retired athlete always arrives at the same crossroads: empty your soul onto the pa(...)

England’s Joe Marler is seen grabbing Wales captain Alun Wyn-Jones’s groin during England’s victory in the Six Nations at Twickenham. Photograph: Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Offside via Getty Images

One of sport’s innumerable charms is, of course, its unpredictability. So, if you’re claiming you forecast that the major talking point to come out of(...)

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