Joe Marler, the England and Harlequins prop who is serving a suspension for kicking Arnaud Heguy in the head following his return from a ban for calling Wales prop Samson Lee “Gypsy Boy”, is seeking professional help to help him cope with his notoriety, he has told the Sunday Times.
Jeremy Snape, the former Northants, Gloucestershire, Leicestershire and England spinner who has been practising as a sports performance psychologist and consultant since his retirement, was approached by Marler last week after the to met initially during the Six Nations.
Marler was sceptical at first but got back in touch after the incident during the European Challenge Cup semi-final against Grenoble last week because he felt his behaviour was “way out of control”. “It was a question of continuing to tell everyone to f— off, or go away myself and crawl under a rock,” Marler told the Sunday Times.
He admits he was “out of order” for abusing Lee during the victory over Wales and apologised at the time: “I saw it as an opportunity to get hold of Samson and try to rough him up, as we all try to do to each other. I honestly did not know as I said it that what I said was out of order. I put my arm around Samson as we went off at half-time and said sorry.”
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