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Joe Marler to line up against former England team-mates for Barbarians in Twickenham clash - but will he reverse international retirement? Joe Marler retired from England last year after winning 59 international caps  Loosehead has been in superb form for Harlequins in recent months   Barbarians boss Pat Lam asked if he wanted to play and he has accepted  Appearance will lead to speculation about whether he'd reverse retirement 

By Chris Foy For Mailonline

Published: 06:11 BST, 23 May 2019 | Updated: 06:11 BST, 23 May 2019

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Joe Marler will play against England on June 2, after accepting an invitation to represent the Barbarians in their traditional, end-of-season encounter with the national team at Twickenham.

The 28-year-old Harlequins prop retired from international rugby last year, after winning 59 caps for his country since a Test debut back in 2012. 

However, the loosehead has been in supreme form for his club in recent months and Barbarians head coach Pat Lam approached him to gauge his interest in a maiden appearance for the famous invitational team.

Joe Marler is to play for the Barbarians against England in the end-of-season game

Joe Marler is to play for the Barbarians against England in the end-of-season game

There had been a delay in the process due to uncertainty about whether or not Quins would request a fee for their player's services - and also because Marler's wife, Daisy, is expecting their third child just days after he is due to face England. 

However, Sportsmail understands that an agreement was reached on Wednesday and that Marler is now destined to return

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