Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Marler: I'd Love to Get Stuck into Wales but I Don't Regret Retiring

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Marler: I'd Love to Get Stuck into Wales but I Don't Regret Retiring

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Byline: Simon Collings

GIVEN that England versus Wales was his favourite fixture to play in, you would think Joe Marler could be regretting his decision to retire from international rugby ahead of Saturday's clash in Cardiff.

Matches don't come much bigger than this showdown at the Principality Stadium, which could be a potential Grand Slam decider.

However, Marler insists the fact he will not be involved has not led him to have second thoughts about quitting the international scene at the age of 28 last September.

"I haven't got a single regret about that decision," Marler says. "The only regret I have is wearing a snot-coloured green T-shirt to my wedding!

"Technically it was my fault. I was ironing a shirt to wear that morning and my missus said, 'You don't like wearing shirts' and I thought, 'Yeah, you're right'. She said, 'Just wear something that you're comfortable with'. "So I grabbed the first T-shirt that was on the side which happened to be snot green. In the wedding photo we've got, I don't look particularly good."

While Marler's response may draw a laugh, he is serious about having no regrets over walking away from England duties. Had he not, the prop would have been in contention to start this weekend, particularly with Mako Vunipola injured, instead of playing for Harlequins in their Premiership match with Bristol.

Ben Moon and Ellis Genge will fight for Vunipola's shirt, with Marler revealing there has been no contact with head coach Eddie Jones about a shock return and adding it is "highly unlikely" he will ever add to his 59 England caps.

"There have been moments watching the games when I've thought, 'I would love to be a part of that,' but that's the same as fans watching it," Marler says. "But you make choices in your life.

"You make decisions that you think are the best thing for you first and foremost. …

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