Joe Marler Opens Up About His Cagey Relationship With Marland Yarde

Safe to say he’s not on Marler’s christmas card list.

Marland Yarde completed a shock move to Sale Sharks last week, after being granted an early release from his contract with Premiership rivals Harlequins.

The England winger’s relationship with the club had broken down in recent months, with Yarde missing a number of training sessions, and apparently falling out with a number of Quins players.

Chris Robshaw said Quins are probably ‘better off’ without him, and now Joe Marler has revealed he hasn’t spoken to his former teammate in over 18 months. Speaking on The Rugby Pod, Marler said:

“I hadn’t spoken to the bloke in 18 months. I’d lost the plot with him a good while ago. And let him be, let him do his own thing, because I’d given up on it.
“He’d made the decision that he wanted to leave…you know, all the best to him,” Marler told the podcast. “I wish him all the best. I don’t wish nastiness upon anyone.
“He’s one of those to just leave, as he won’t change in my mind. Me and him just don’t get on.”

Sounds like Yarde leaving was the best move for all parties involved.

Jason Hennessy

Jason Hennessy

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