Joe Marler says missing England’s Six Nations win over Wales on Saturday has inspired him to improve his discipline.
The Harlequins prop is available for England’s next Six Nations game against Scotland a week on Saturday after missing out on the opening two games due to a six-week suspension for dangerous clearing out of a ruck.
England boss Eddie Jones has warned Marler regarding his on-field behaviour, and the 27-year-old admits that watching events at Twickenham unfold from his sofa increased his desire to clean up his game.
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“I was trying to watch the Wales game, but I couldn’t actually watch it,” Marler said.
“I got in the car just before kick-off and listened to bits on the radio. The radio in my truck is not that good so it was coming in and out. I got home for the last five minutes.
“England v Wales is my favourite fixture, the game I love playing in and being involved in most. I was gutted not being a part of it.
“Watching the last five minutes, kicking the kids and the wife out of the lounge, I was like ‘You need to leave – I need to watch the telly’. I had to turn ‘In The Night Garden’ off.
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“It sticks with me that I really need to knuckle down now because I am missing out on these things that I really want to be a part of.
“It was fair – I’ve been cited twice in the last six months and spent nine weeks on the sidelines. There was no real argument from me.”