A try on his England U18 debut off the bench against France at Doncaster in February 2015 and a place in the starting side that beat Scotland 39-27 at Newcastle added to the distinctions of Max Malins, a former student at Felsted in Great Dunmow, Essex. He then scored two tries when leading the team to a 33-8 win over South Africa A that August and added another against South Africa in the final tour game.
Max completed a ‘double’ with another try when making his first appearance for England U20 against Italy in February last year. He made a second touchdown against France in the final match of the 2016 Six Nations, added two more against Scotland and South Africa in the World Rugby U20 Championship in June last year and has played in 17 of England's last 19 games at that level. He amassed an impressive 24 points from two tries and seven conversions in the 59-17 win over France in the opening match in the 2017 Six Nations Championship at Exeter.
His subjects at Felsted were business studies, geography, philosophy and ethics. He is now studying business and finance at Hertfordshire University. A fly half and centre, he has a full-time contract with Saracens Senior Academy and has already played in the Premiership 7s at Franklin’s Gardens (2013) and the World Club 7s festival in Munster the same year.
Max also enjoyed his first experience of senior rugby in National Two South in 2015/16 on a dual registration with Old Albanians. He was among the tries and points during their impressive return to National One. but suffered the frustration of a shoulder injury in pre-season training that ruled him out for the first three months of the 2016/17 campaign. He went on to amass 45 points in the World U20 Championship this June.
He took up the game at Saffron Walden RFC at the age of six before playing at the Bishop’s Stortford club for the U9 team upwards and at Felsted Prep School in the same age group. His mentors are Ian Vass, the Saracens Junior Rugby Academy coach, who is also in the England U20 coaching team, Andrew Le Chevalier, the first-team coach at Felsted, and his own father Paul Malins, who has coached Hertfordshire Colts, Cheshunt RFC and Bishop’s Stortford.
Max helped Felsted to reach the NatWest Schools Cup U18 Vase final against Yarm four years ago and to win seven age group tournaments with Bishop’s Stortford. Will and Sam, Max’s brothers, attended Felsted, won Hertfordshire age group honours and Will was a member of Saracens Junior Academy (2012/13). Max also captained the Saracens U18 side that lifted the Academy League title. He played alongside Will, a full back, in the Twickenham final against Yarm – his most memorable match and one of three in which he has been involved at HQ. He started all three matches in the 2015 Rugby Europe U18 Championship in France.
He also played hockey for Essex U13-U16 and cricket for West Essex U11-U13 and also enjoys golf and tennis and supports Arsenal FC. Will added: “I also have an interest in businesses and the way they operate.”
The south of France is his favourite holiday destination, Akon is his top singer, ‘Step Brothers’ heads his list of films and ‘Made in Chelsea’ is the TV show that he rates most highly.
114 points – 7T, 32C, 4PG, 1 DG
2016 It, I, W, F
World Championship - It(R), S(R), A(R), SA, I
2017: F, I
World Championship – Sam, W, A, SA, NZ
26 points – 4T, 3C
2015 F(R), S Europe: P, F, It; SA Tour: F, SA ‘A’, SA
Last updated: 19 June 2017