Marcus Smith's rapid rise shows no signs of slowing down – it took barely a year for him to go from captaining Brighton College in an unbeaten season to involvement in the senior England squad.
Having led England in the U18 International Festival in April 2016, Marcus shared in the national U20 team’s 46-0 win over Italy in Darlington in February 2017, just ten days after his 18th birthday.
He was also captain of the Harlequins U18 side in their victory over Sale Sharks in the academy final in February 2017 and was soon making his senior debut at Twickenham.
Marcus became the second-youngest Premiership debutant in history, behind George Ford, when making his Harlequins bow against London Irish aged 18 years and 200 days in September 2017.
The fly-half made 28 appearances for Harlequins in all competitions during the 2017/18 season scoring three tries on his way to 208 points.
He was named as an apprentice in the England party for the Old Mutual Wealth series that autumn and continued in that role during the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations.
At the end of his debut season in Premiership Rugby, Marcus helped the England U20s reach a sixth consecutive World Rugby U20 Championship final but Steve Bates’ troops were defeated 33-25 by hosts France.
Marcus was born in Manila in the Philippines, took up the game when he was seven with Centaurs RFC in Singapore and studied maths, politics and business at Brighton College.
His dad Jeremy also played at Brighton before moving to Asia and appearing for the Philippines and Hong Kong.
His father was a key figure in his rugby development as Marcus explained: “He inspired me to get on to the pitch and practise hard while my mum Suzanne tells me straight up what she thinks.
“My Brighton College coach Nick Buoy has also helped me with my kicking and understanding of the game.
“I fought my way into the England U16 set-up, having been given the opportunity to play for the North at that level when I wasn’t chosen for the London & South-East side.”
Growing up, he played a lot of football, has scored a hundred on the cricket field and supports Brighton & Hove Albion FC.
He has two younger brothers, Luc and Tomas, and his top holiday venue is the Philippines. His foodie favourite is spaghetti carbonara, while Great Escape is his top film
52 points - 3T, 11C, 5P
2017 It(R), 2018 World Championship - A(R), It, SA, F. 2019: Ire, Fra
28 points – 2T, 9C
2017 F, C, I, S
Last updated: 11 February 2019