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Lions prop commits to Harlequins until 2021

Harlequins have today announced that England and British and Irish Lions prop Joe Marler has committed his long-term future to the club.

Marler, who was contracted until 2018, has extended his deal by a further three years, keeping him at the Stoop until at least 2021.

The 27-year-old, a Harlequins Academy graduate, established himself as a senior squad member in 2010 and has made 152 appearances for the club since.

The charismatic prop was part of Harlequins’ Challenge Cup and Premiership winning campaigns, scoring a pivotal try in the 2012 Premiership semi-final against Northampton Saints.

Having gained international honours at every age grade level, he has made 51 Test appearances for England since his 2012 debut in South Africa.

Marler was named in the 2017 British and Irish Lions squad to tour New Zealand. Making his debut against the Provincial Barbarians, he represented the prestigious side on five occasions during the midweek matches.

He said: “Re-signing for my childhood club has made me very happy. John Kingston has recruited strongly over the summer and he is starting to really mark his identity with this exciting group of players.

“I strongly believe we have a squad capable of going places and I’m really excited for the new season.”

Director of Rugby John Kingston commented: “Joe is now established as one of the best loosehead props in world rugby. At 27, excitingly, he is probably only now coming into the peak of his potential.

“He has displayed a real commitment to the Harlequins cause over many years and as an Academy protégé, he is another member of the squad who has only ever known one club.

“This news offers a further massive boost to the squad as we prepare for the start of our 17/18 campaign.”

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