England and Harlequins prop Joe Marler reveals he ‘forgot he had children’ after suffering a severe concussion in 2016, as he admits he it ‘scared the life out of him’ and he has ‘buried his head in the sand’ about the long-term effects of head injuries

  • Ryan Jones revealed has revealed being diagnosed with early-onset Dementia
  • Joe Marler revealed forgetting he had children after a serious head injury 
  • The England prop suffered a knock to the head after colliding with Billy Vunipola
  • Eddie Jones will leave his role as England coach after the 2023 World Cup 

Joe Marler has revealed that he forgot he had children after suffering a head injury in 2016.

‘I’ve just buried my head in the sand because it scares me,’ said England and Harlequins prop Marler when asked for his view on rugby’s concussion and head injury crisis.

On Sunday, former Wales captain Ryan Jones became the latest ex-player to reveal he has been diagnosed with early-onset dementia and probable chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) as a result of head knocks suffered from his time on the field.

Joe Marler has revealed forgetting he had children after sustaining a head injury

Joe Marler has revealed forgetting he had children after sustaining a head injury

Former Wales captain Ryan Jones became the latest ex-player to reveal he has been diagnosed with early-onset dementia

Former Wales captain Ryan Jones became the latest ex-player to reveal he has been diagnosed with early-onset dementia

Jones’s admission at the age of just 41 has shocked the rugby world and Marler admitted the Welshman’s illness was ‘awful’. 

Marler, who has 83 England caps, told talkSPORT of a head knock he suffered after colliding with Billy Vunipola when playing for Harlequins.

‘I was out cold and I remember being in the physio room next and the kit-man came in. I had no recollection of having kids,’ he said. 

Marler spoke of a head knock he suffered after colliding with Billy Vunipola when playing for Harlequins

Marler spoke of a head knock he suffered after colliding with Billy Vunipola when playing for Harlequins

‘It scared the life out of me. It’s awful for Ryan to be going through that. ‘I’ve just buried my head in the sand, to be honest because it scares me. 

But more boys are getting diagnosed with this stuff. It’s sad. ‘There is always going to be danger and you don’t want to remove it so that it isn’t rugby any more. But you do want to be well informed going into it.’ 

Meanwhile, England head coach Eddie Jones is set to wait until next year to decide his next move after he emerged as a target for his native Australia in a director of rugby role. 

Jones will leave his role with England — one he was appointed to in November 2015 — after the 2023 World Cup.

Eddie Jones will leave his role as England coach after the 2023 World Cup after eight years

Eddie Jones will leave his role as England coach after the 2023 World Cup after eight years

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