Gabriel Ibitoye started three games in the 2017 Six Nations at U20 level and was England’s leading try-scorer with five in the subsequent World Rugby U20 Championship in Georgia.
His performances won him the accolade of being shortlisted for the player of the tournament award and in the following 2017/18 season he scored on his Premiership debut for Harlequins.
Gabriel joined the Harlequins Senior Academy for 2016/17, he was previously in the club’s EPDG and had captained London & SE U16.
Educated at St Joseph’s Junior School, Upper Norwood, the winger studied Maths, Chemistry and Economics at Trinity School, Croydon, having taken up the game there at the age of 11.
Gabriel captained Surrey U15 and was the side’s player of the season in 2013 leading him into the Harlequins U16 setup. Younger brother Samuel has also joined the playing ranks.
He scored tries in his first two matches for England U16 in victories over Scotland and Wales in 2014.
“It was an honour to wear the red rose and I would not have got so far without the full support of my coaches at Trinity School, Croydon,” he said.
London-born Gabriel ran in four tries on his England U18 debut in an 85-8 win over Portugal in the Rugby Europe U18 Championship in Montauban in 2015 and added a fifth against South Africa A that August.
Gabriel more than doubled that total with a further six tries in 2016 including one against South Africa Schools A in August.
He has also led the England U18 side to a spectacular 41-9 win over Wales in their Five Nations Festival triumph in April 2016 scoring a try and being named Man of the Match.
His performances led to him being appointed captain once again for the tour to South Africa four months later.
He said: “I love the physicality of rugby and the adrenalin you get from playing the game is what appeals to me most. Representing England at Test level is something I hope to do.
"I was originally a lock, then moved to the back row and then to centre. I’ve been playing in all the outside back positions for around five years.”
35 points - 7T
2017 F, W, It World Championship – Sam, W, A, SA, NZ 2018 It, W, F, I
55 points – 11T
2015 Europe: P, It; SA Tour: SA ‘A’, SA(R) 2016 F, S, W, I, S, W SA Tour: F(R), SA 'A', SA
Last updated: 23 May 2018