Six Nations 2018: Joe Marler admits he must clean up his act or lose his England place after Eddie Jones warning

Joe Marler has admitted that he needs to clean up his act if he wants to remain an England international after receiving a stern telling off from Eddie Jones following his latest suspension.

The loosehead prop has already served eight weeks’ worth of bans this season – and still has one week left to go – due to his ill-discipline at club level, and in keeping a clean record on the international stage he has accepted that something mentally needs to change when he is playing for Harlequins.

Marler received a strong dressing down from Jones to leave him in little doubt about what he needs to do to get back in the head coach’s good books, and with the 27-year-old eligible to make his return for next Saturday’s Six Nations trip to Murrayfield to face Scotland, he knows he cannot afford to fall foul of the rules again.

“He was very stern and he made it very clear where I stand and what I need to do to keep in this team,” Marler said. “He is straight to the point, he is blunt, he is honest and  you don’t want it any other way.

“I’ve been cited twice in the last six months and spent nine weeks on the sidelines. There was no real argument from me to go ‘actually Eddie, I disagree with you’ because I haven’t got a leg to stand on.

“International rugby, playing for your country, is that pressured environment. Any mistake you make or penalty you give away can have a huge repercussion. In a club game you can get away with a lot more, it’s a lot less pressured. It’s tougher than it used to be but as you said, I probably am a little bit fast and loose and try and get away with a bit much.

“It’s a challenge but that’s something that I’ve spent the last six weeks and previous three weeks thinking about.”

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