It started with the usual cliches. But then things took a turn for the bizarre

In a sporting world of such intense scrutiny where athletes are media trained to within an inch of their lives lest they say anything remotely interesting, the same old dull, platitudinous interviews are par for the course. Rarely is a pre-match interview worth the effort of listening.

But try telling that to Englands Rugby World Cup star, Joe Marler. The popular bearded and mohicanned prop bucked the trend in spectacular fashion by previewing Harlequins next Champions Cup outing through the lens of a drawn-out horse metaphor that delighted the internet, where it was lauded as the best sporting interview of all time.

I wasnt hurting as much as the lads who were out there but I definitely felt it and I know how hard the boys have taken that, he began. They will be disappointed with the account that we put out but we have got another week to get back on the horse.

So far, so sporting cliche. But then things took a turn for the bizarre.




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