An unusual honour came the way of Marcus Street last February when making his England U20 debut against Italy nine days before first playing for the U18 side against France at Aylesbury. It was reminiscent of Anthony Watson, England’s new British & Irish Lion, who in 2012 appeared in his final U18 match 16 days after his initial U20 game.
After helping the side to win the International Series in Wales last Easter, Exeter-born Marcus was not only included in the squad for the World Rugby U20 Championship, despite being ‘two years young’, but also figured in four matches. Injury then deprived him of a potential place in the final against New Zealand.
He had scored tries in pool games against Samoa and Australia, a far cry from his first tentative steps in the game as a Cullompton U11 player. Marcus joined Exeter Chiefs Academy three years later, captained the Devon U16 team and made his first senior appearance for the Chiefs against Cardiff Blues last November. After attended Queen Elizabeth’s School in Crediton, he began a Level 2/3 Diploma in Sport course that still has a year to run.
He said: “I took up rugby because my parents Mark and Izzy both wanted me to lose weight so they signed me up. My dad plays football and mum has done karate and cross country running. It was not until I was 16 that I believed I could be involved in the game on a regular or full time basis. My best moments since then were coming off the bench for my first Chiefs game and helping the U20 side to win the Grand Slam. I’ve really appreciated the assistance of Rob Gibson, at the Chiefs, and college coach Glen Channing.”
His ‘down time’ includes playing table tennis and surfing and his best rugby-playing mate is Tom Gosling of Brixham. Rather than go to a faraway island, Marcus opts for Bude as his holiday hotspot and his favourite musical artist is Ed Sherin.
Bad Boys and Point Break are the films he likes most and he also knows about food – he works in a pub kitchen part time and steak and chips is his top dish. Outside rugby, he reckons his proudest achievements were receiving an art trophy in lower school, completing his GCSEs and receiving a science award that recognised his hard work.
U20 international Record
10 points – 2T
2017 It(R), S(R) World Championship - Sam,W(R), A, SA
U18 International Record
5 points – 1T
2017 F, C, I, S(R)
Last updated: 3 July 2017