London - England prop Joe Marler has
admitted he is seeking help from a sports psychologist to "get a
grip" after being banned twice recently for unsavoury incidents on the
Marler, 25, was slapped with a two-week ban
for kicking a Grenoble player while playing for his club Harlequins in the
European Challenge Cup last month.
The incident occurred during Marler's
comeback appearance after World Rugby imposed a two-game ban and fined him $28
900 for calling Welsh forward Samson Lee "gypsy boy" in a Six Nations
international in March.
"That second ban it was like 'hang on
a minute, I need to get a grip of it now'," Marler told BBC Radio 5Live in
an interview to be broadcast on Thursday in the UK. "I don't think it was
anyone else's fault but my own."
Marler said he was now seeing sports
psychologist Jeremy Snape to address his "lack of professional
control" and did not regret looking for help earlier.
"I don't think I was willing to accept
it until now, because things hadn't really hit home yet," Marler said.
"It's been good so far," he said
of his sessions with Snape.
"I just explore different ideas,
different things, different strategies to put in place to actually say your
mind is a tool that you need to work as hard as you do in the gym or on the
pitch during skill work.
"It's just about whether you can
unlock that or not."
He also said that England's head coach
Eddie Jones had told him to "wind his neck in" before the tour of
Australia in June.
Marler has completed his latest ban and
will play for Harlequins in the Challenge Cup final against Montpellier on
Friday, and is set to feature for England in their warm-up for the Australia
tour against Wales on May 29.
But the 113kg front-row forward admitted he
feared a longer ban than two weeks for his use of the boot against Grenoble's
"I didn't think I'd play again this
season," said Marler. "I thought I'd be having the summer off as
well. I thought I'd get a ban that would take me off the (Australia) tour.
"I'm very lucky to be in a position to
pull on the shirt for Quins again and even luckier that it's a final and a
chance to get hands on a trophy."