Sport – and rugby in particular – runs in the Morris family with Dominic following his older brother Sean into the England U18 squad. Vincent, another sibling, represented Ireland Students at rugby league and little brother Oliver, just like Dominic, is a member of the Saracens Academy.
Basildon-born Dominic was educated at St Andrew’s Junior School, Hatfield Peverel and New Hall School, Chelmsford, where he studied biology, art and geography. He first handled an oval ball when four years old at South Woodham Ferrers and played there from 2001-08 before switching to Braintree for three years up to 2011 and then joining Upminster.
Dominic represented Essex U13, U15 and U16, London & South East U16 and England U16 before making a try-scoring debut at U18 level against Wales at St Helen’s, Swansea last March. He said: “I want to reach the highest level I can and be able to play rugby full time. My most memorable match was at U16 level against Wales – singing the national anthem and coming from behind to win.” He had a similar experience in his second game for the U20 side last February when Wales led 13-0 after 18 minutes before England won 37-21. Dominic was on the field for the final nine minutes after replacing Harry Randall and then scored his first try at that level from a pass by Tom Parton against Scotland at Northampton. He ran in two more in his first World Championship appearance against Samoa in June but sustained a hamstring injury and was ruled out for the remainder of the tournament.
His favourite players are Kyle Eastmond and Brian O’Driscoll and his top ground is Allianz Park, the home of Saracens. As well as his rugby-playing brothers, there are other talents in the Morris family. His cousins Ben and Florentina are professional golfers and another cousin, Lucy, is an Essex cricketer.
15 points - 3T
2016: F 2017: W(R), It, S, I World Championship - Sam
5 points – 1T
2015 W Europe: F, It; SA Tour: F, SA ‘A’
Last updated: 19 June 2017