England rugby star Joe Marler bites into a chili to hilarious results in brave taste test

Feeling the heat! England rugby star Joe Marler bites into a chili to hilarious results in brave taste test after he contracted Covid-19… which forced veteran prop to miss Australia clash

  • Joe Marler was forced into self-isolation after testing positive for coronavirus 
  • To try out his lack of taste, the veteran prop decided to daringly bite into a chili 
  • Despite the side effects of Covid-19, Marler admitted he was able to feel the heat
  • Hilariously, he raced off camera to drink some milk and said chilis were ‘too hot’ 











Hilarious rugby star Joe Marler is seemingly still feeling the effects of testing positive for coronavirus, and has put his taste buds to the test by trying a chili.

In some cases, Covid-19 temporarily removes the ability to taste, and Marler was forced to suffer the full consequences of this during his daring challenge.

Having taken a large bite out of the chili pepper, the veteran England and Harlequins prop admitted he could feel the heat, and quickly rushed away off camera.

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He was forced into isolation after testing positive

England rugby star Joe Marler has tested out the side effects of Covid-19 by biting into a chili

Starting off a short video posted to his Instagram account, Marler admitted he was ‘nervous’ about the feat.

He then went on to hesitantly add: ‘Do you think I should do this or not? What’s the point? What have I got to lose? This doesn’t just affect taste, does it?’

Despite comically receiving next to no compassion from his wife, Daisy, Marler decided to push on ahead, biting into the fiery chili.

After hesitating, Marler opted to take a large bite

It took just a few seconds for the heat to kick in

Despite briefly hesitating, veteran prop Marler then decided to take a large fiery bite

After a few seconds, he said: ‘I can’t taste it. I can feel the heat!’

Then, in a sharp turn of pace which perfectly underlined why he has enjoyed such a lengthy elite-level career in the sport, the 31-year-old raced towards the fridge.

While out of shot, he exclaimed ‘f***ing hell!’ and admitted to feeling like he was on fire. He also added: ‘I can feel the burning, but I can’t taste it!’

Having guzzled down some milk, he then returned to the camera and sheepishly declared that chilis were ‘a little bit hot still’. 

Marler said he felt the heat despite his lack of taste

After disappearing off camera, he returned with milk

Admitting he could feel the heat despite his lack of taste, Marler raced away to get some milk

Earlier this week, England’s autumn campaign looked to be hanging in the balance after players and staff waited anxiously for the results of emergency Covid tests.

These were taken following Marler’s positive test, which ruled him out against Australia yesterday.

He was also forced into isolation for 10 days at the squad’s Surrey base after it was confirmed he contracted the virus via a follow-up PRC test.

As a precaution, all members of the set-up were re-tested, but in a major moment of relief, no other coronavirus setbacks were suffered.

Marler was ruled out of England's clash against Australia after returning the positive Covid test

Marler was ruled out of England’s clash against Australia after returning the positive Covid test

Ellis Genge (centre, pictured in training earlier this week) has also tested positive for Covid-19

Ellis Genge (centre, pictured in training earlier this week) has also tested positive for Covid-19

Last week, a staff member tested positive, too, and Owen Farrell also found himself facing a lengthy period of quarantine.

His sample was sent back to the laboratory to be reassessed, though, and it was eventually deemed to have been a false positive.

Despite this, Farrell missed out on the game against Tonga, but was eventually cleared to re-join the squad and return to training.

England’s number of Covid cases this month stands at four – the unnamed staff member, Farrell, Marler and more recently Ellis Genge.

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