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Marler commits future to Quins

02nd April 2014 12:42

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Joe Marler Harlequins v Gloucester AVP 2013

Powerhouse: Joe Marler

England and Harlequins prop Joe Marler has put pen to paper on a contract extension, tying him to The Stoop until at least 2016.

Since becoming a senior squad member in 2010 after graduating from the club's prestigious Academy, Marler's career has rapidly progressed and he has now become one of the most powerful front row players in the northern hemisphere.

The charismatic 23-year-old, who makes his 100th senior appearance on Friday, against Stade Francais, played an integral role in the Challenge Cup and Premiership successes in 2011 and 2012 respectively.

Gaining international honours at every age grade level, the prop now has 19 senior England caps to his name since making his debut during the 2012 summer tour to South Africa.

Most recently, Marler helped England to their first Triple Crown title in ten years, starting in all but one of the Six Nations matches due to the recent birth of his first child.

"We are obviously delighted that Joe has committed his future to Harlequins. It is incredible to think that at just 23, he will make his 100th senior appearance this Friday," said Quins boss Conor O'Shea.

"He is, and will continue to be, a cornerstone in the pack and in the success of this club. Joe is developing into one of the leading loose heads in international rugby.

"Joe still has so much more to give and like us all, is hungry for more silverware for both club and country. I am really excited, as I'm sure the Harlequins supporters will be, to see Joe's continuing development in the coming years in a quartered jersey."

"I am really happy to have signed on again with my childhood club, Harlequins," added Marler.

"When I was given the opportunity to re-sign for the club, there was never any doubt in my mind that this is where I wanted my long term future to be."

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