30 Minutes with… Joe Marler


first_img Food for thought: Joe Marler gives us an insight into his personality The England front-rower on pastries, panic attacks and parenting RUGBY WORLD: Who are the jokers in the England squad?JOE MARLER: Manu (Tuilagi) is silent but deadly. And cheeky little Danny Care.RW: Can you tell us about any pranks?JM: No! I’m not allowed to disclose info like that.RW: Who’d play you in a film of your life?JM: I would. I’m quite good at ‘am dram’ and I’d like to think I could make the step up.RW: Do you have any nicknames?JM: Croissant, because the boys think I have a nose that looks like a French pastry. And Quasi Marler, you can guess why.RW: How are you finding fatherhood?JM: I don’t suppose you get graded on it? But, it’s the best job in the world. The pay could be better, mind you.I get a bit less sleep and have less money, but my partner Daisy does most of the work. My son Jasper is seven months; he’s crawling around, getting fat. He’s taken after his m… no, his dad!RW: What three things would you take to a desert island?JM: Rufio, my dog. I’ve got two black labradors. Kozie, the other one, is nine now and she’s had a good innings, so I wouldn’t take her.I’d take Jasper, too. He’d be a good laugh. And a kitchen knife.RW: Who’d be your three dream dinner party guests – alive or dead?JM: Just Nelson Mandela (above with Jake White and John Smit after South Africa’s RWC 2007 win), because I do a good impression and I’d want his opinion. But I don’t like people, so there wouldn’t be a dinner party. I’d just call him and get him to listen to my impression.RW: What’s your favourite cheat meal?JM: Every meal’s a cheat meal, look at this figure! No, I like a Chinese takeaway. This is making me hungry.RW: What’s been your silliest purchase?JM: Loads of different door knobs, for the cupboards in our house. They were ridiculously expensive and they’re just door knobs.RW: Does Daisy wear the trousers?JM: Sometimes. Sometimes skirts, sometimes shorts… JM: I’m not bothered. I do care what people think of me, but only the people that matter.This interview was published in the December 2014 edition of Rugby World. Click here for the latest subscription offers.center_img RW: Do you have any superstitious?JM: I used to walk out of the changing room last, but that’s ended this season. It wasn’t a very good superstition.RW: Do you have any hidden talents?JM: Lots, all rude.RW: What are your phobias?JM: I’m claustrophobic. I went for an MRI scan on my shoulder and it lasted 30 seconds before I pressed the buzzer and had a panic attack. I was sent to London to the fat person’s extra large scanner, which was okay.RW: What’s been your best holiday?JM: Kefalonia, our first family holiday. Jasper was good as gold; he’s been a dream.RW: If you could have one superpower what would it be and why?JM: To fly, to go back to that desert island.RW: What would you like to achieve outside of rugby?JM: To be a good dad. Family comes first – everything revolves around that. We’ll probably have more children, more dogs, more ducks… we’ll be living on an ark by the end of it.RW: Which of your team-mates would you like to be?JM: None of them.RW: What last made you laugh?JM: George Robson falling over in the tunnel at Toulon.RW: It was ages ago!JM: But I watch it on YouTube every week!RW: How’d you like to be remembered? LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more