London - Harlequins prop Joe Marler has joined the Barbarians squad, who will line up against England on June 2.
The 28-year-old has been called up by head coach Pat Lam for the Quilter Cup match a year after appearing
against the famous invitation side at Twickenham.
Marler won 59 caps for England between
2012 and 2018 before announcing his retirement from international rugby
He joins a stellar line-up with those
already confirmed including big names from New Zealand, Wales and
Argentina like Charles Piutau, John Afoa, Steven Luatua Malakai
Fekitoa, Rhys Webb and Facundo Isa.
"Playing for the Barbarians is something I
never thought would happen so I’m really excited to be involved - it's a
bit of dream come true," said Marler.
"I've played against them for England, most
recently last year, but it didn't cross my mind that I'd get an
invitation so I'm delighted to have been approached.
"I'm really looking forward to running out
at Twickenham again but there's also a bit of trepidation about walking
into the Barbarians team room.
"It'll be like the first day at school when
you're setting out to make a good impression. I know a few people like
John Afoa but I'm sure I'll have to win the others over!"