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Rio Ferdinand looks ripped after Manchester United win Premier League title

Ripped Rio! United defender Ferdinand can't play twice a week… but it hasn't stopped him bulking up in the gym

By
Colin Young

PUBLISHED:

08:44 GMT, 23 April 2013

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UPDATED:

09:07 GMT, 23 April 2013

The body might not be able to manage two games a week anymore but Manchester United’s title-celebrating tweeter Rio Ferdinand looks in pretty good nick to us.

Ferdinand posted pictures of his team-mates celebrating the club’s 20th title from the Old Trafford dressing room following their 3-0 win over Aston Villa.

But it was the photographs taken by the professionals as the United squad cracked open bottles of sponsors’ Barclays’ bubbly which really caught the eye.

Ripped: Rio Ferdinand celebrates after Manchester United clinched the Premier League title at Old Trafford

Ripped: Rio Ferdinand celebrates after Manchester United clinched the Premier League title at Old Trafford

Rio Ferdinand

Ripped: Rio Ferdinand celebrates after Manchester United clinched the Premier League title at Old Trafford

Ferdinand looked particularly ripped and muscly as he sprayed the champers.

It’s not just the torso which looks impressive in the images, but Ferdinand’s bulging biceps.

Ferdinand has played 24 games in his club’s latest title success and he looks certain to be around for another few years to add to his personal tally.

And looking like this. Why not

Great shape: Ferdinand (right) has had his problems with injury but he clearly spends plenty of time in the gym

Great shape: Ferdinand (right) has had his problems with injury but he clearly spends plenty of time in the gym

Rio Ferdinand with Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney

Rio Ferdinand with Rafael

At least now we know what he was up to behind the scenes last month when he turned down his England recall.

Ferdinand may have flown over to the Far East for his television commitments. And he may have fulfilled his obligations to meet and coach youngsters in Dubai before appearing on Al Jazeera.

But quite clearly the 34-year-old defender spent the rest of his spare time in the hotel gym pumping those weights.

Main men: Ferdinand celebrates with Michael Carrick after United's 3-0 win over Aston Villa at Old Trafford

Main men: Ferdinand celebrates with Michael Carrick after United's 3-0 win over Aston Villa at Old Trafford

Joe Marler "buzzing" for full test debut against South Africa

Marler 'buzzing' to fill void left by Corbisiero as he prepares to take on Springboks

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UPDATED:

16:39 GMT, 7 June 2012

Prop Joe Marler is 'buzzing' and has no doubt he is ready to face the might of South Africa on his England debut.

The 21-year-old Harlequins forward has been named in head coach Stuart Lancaster's side to take on the Springboks in Saturday's first Test in Durban.

Buzzing: Joe Marler is ready to make his full international debut

Buzzing: Joe Marler is ready to make his full international debut

Marler was a member of the squad for this year's RBS 6 Nations but could not oust regular loosehead Alex Corbisiero from the pack.

Corbisiero's failure to prove his fitness for this weekend's clash at Kings Park – a knee injury holding him back after recovering from a biceps operation – has prompted Marler's elevation, but he feels ready for the step-up.

Prepared: Marler (right) lines up with Dylan Hartley (centre) and Dan Cole (left) in England's front row

Prepared: Marler (right) lines up with Dylan Hartley (centre) and Dan Cole (left) in England's front row

Marler said: 'I'm buzzing. It's still sinking in – hopefully it will sink in by tonight, then I can properly get ready for Saturday. I'm really excited.

'You want to test yourself against the best and South African front rows are another step up. It should be good.'

Coming for you: Marler is not scared of his South African opponents

Coming for you: Marler is not scared of his South African opponents

Marler feels he learned much from the Six Nations training camps, despite his lack of game time.

He will prop for hooker Dylan Hartley on Saturday along with tighthead Dan Cole, who has been a strong influence on the youngster.

Marler said: 'It was an education. It was a little bit frustrating, obviously, because I want to play for England and I would love to have played in that Six Nations.

'But I really enjoyed the experience of that six or seven weeks being with the squad. It was a big learning curve for me.

'I was just thinking, 'I've got to get things right here or I could be embarrassed', because of how good they were.

'Coley is a top scrummager – one of the best in the world – so he's a really tough guy to come up against and for me to be up against him for seven weeks running in training every week was a great learning experience.

'There was a feeling that if I didn't get it right, I'd be going backwards quite fast.

'There were a couple of difficult moments early on, when I thought, 'I'd better learn fast here'. I'm still learning now.'

South Africa are renowned for their formidable forwards and, even though they have some newcomers in the pack, they boast a powerful and experienced front three in Tendai Mtawarira, Bismarck du Plessis and Jannie du Plessis.

Faith: Stuart Lancaster watches his side train in Durban on Thursday

Faith: Stuart Lancaster watches his side train in Durban on Thursday

Marler said: 'We've got to front up – we've said it time and time again.

'They are going to be physical and in your face so it will be on that edge, that tipping point, but we'll all be able to control ourselves and match them physically.'

Marler, a former England Under-18s captain, has a reputation for hot-headedness but has been praised for his increased maturity over the past season.

Not the only one: Tom Johnson (right) will also make his international debut against The Springboks

Not the only one: Tom Johnson (right) will also make his international debut against The Springboks

But with his distinctive dyed Mohican he remains one of the English game's more colourful characters, even if there will be no celebratory new haircut this time.

He said: 'No – I haven't got any of my barnet tools out here and the barber is back at home – the trusted barber!

'But, in all seriousness, I know people like to focus on that, but my responsibility is to the team, whether or not I've got funny hair or not.

'I'm just going to get on and hopefully do my job.'