England prop Joe Marler is looking forward to going head-to-head with the Irish pack
By Tony Curtis - Follow me on Twitter: @SkysportsTC. Last Updated: 04/02/13 1:27pm
Sunday's RBS Six Nations clash in Dublin will not be for the faint-hearted but don't expect England prop Joe Marler to go missing in action.
Admittedly with his distinctive Mohican and a big bushy beard it would be hard for Marler to hide at the Aviva Stadium, however he is not of that ilk.
The 22-year-old is gaining a growing reputation within international circles after he stood up to the challenge posed by South Africa's pack in the summer. It was a brutal way to begin an international career, but Marler emerged intact and stronger as a result.
On Saturday his stock continued to soar as he more than matched Scotland's Euan Murray, a man that has broken more than a few reputations in the past, during the 38-18 win at Twickenham.
The Ireland front-row of Cian Healy, Rory Best and Mike Ross will pose a different type of threat, though. Ross, who Marler knows from their time together at Harlequins, was particularly destructive in the scrum against Wales in the 30-22 win in Cardiff on Saturday.
"Any front row or scrum can have a good day at the office, so it will be another challenge up front - as it always is each week."
However Marler, who is in line to win his seventh cap at the Aviva Stadium, is looking forward to confrontation.
"It is the same with any front row or any scrum," he told Sky Sports. "Any front row or scrum can have a good day at the office, so it will be another challenge up front - as it always is each week.
"It is us boys who have to graft it and hopefully break them down and then see what opens up for the rest of them.
"We will look forward to it. They have some decent props in Mike Ross and Cian Healy so it should be another exciting game.
"We have quite a bit of footage on them from their club games and previous Ireland games so we will have a good look at them."
England will arrive in Dublin having struggled there in recent years. They have won just two of their last seven encounters in the Irish capital - and were thumped by a record 43-13 at Croke Park in 2007.
However, Marler insists the England squad will pay little notice to their past performances in Dublin.
"You can look at the history of the tournament and look back at stuff like that, but you take it each game as it comes, it is that old cliché," he said.
"We will just look ahead to this game and have a look at how they got on against Wales."