An unusual honour came the way of Marcus Street in February 2017 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 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 in Easter 2016, Exeter-born Marcus was not only included in the squad for the World Rugby U20 Championship but also figured in four matches.
Injury then deprived him of a potential place in the final against New Zealand but he rebounded in the 2018 U20s Six Nations, starting three of England’s five games.
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 attending Queen Elizabeth’s School in Crediton, he began a Level 2/3 Diploma in Sport.
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.”
10 points – 2T
2017 It(R), S(R) World Championship - Sam,W(R), A, SA 2018 It, F, I
5 points – 1T
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Last updated: 23 May 2018