Marler floored by toy snake

Date published: June 2 2015

England prop Joe Marler added a week on to his injury rehabilitation after a misplaced toy snake sent him tumbling down the stairs.

The Harlequins front-rower has been out of action since April when he underwent surgery on his shoulder to repair a torn labrum.

His expectations of returning in time for England's pre-World Cup training camp at the end of July were put in jeopardy by a toy snake, a set of stairs and a pile of dirty nappies.

"The missus had a headache and was struggling, so I went to get the dirty nappy bin and the dirty washing," said Marler, describing the incident.

"I had the toothbrush in my mouth, and I thought 'I can make it downstairs here; I'll be fine'.

"My son actually likes chucking things over the stair gate, so on the second step down I fell on his toy snake and went straight down the stairs, head to bottom, and I'm gone.

"I've got dirty nappies all over my face, with the missus screaming 'what's the matter? What's the matter?' I said 'nothing, don't come down here, it's really embarrassing'.

Thankfully the 24-year-old did not do too much damage to himself or his injured shoulder and is still set to make it back for England's August World Cup warm-up.

"My shoulder is fine, that's put me back a week but the rehab is going well other than that."