It has been an unusual route to the second row for Nick Isiekwe, who played at prop, centre, No 8 and flanker before settling into his role at lock, the position in which he won his first England cap.
Nick came off the bench against Argentina in the first Test at San Juan in June 2017 to make his Test bow.
He started playing tag rugby aged six at Old Verulamians at London Colney after his mum Ruth encouraged him to take up sport.
After joining Old Albanian at the age of 13, Nick progressed through the ranks and was invited for trials by Saracens, where he has remained ever since.
It was not long before he earned his first age-grade international call-up, playing for England U16 in the wins over Wales and Scotland in 2014 before three appearances in the 2015 Rugby Europe U18 Championship in France.
He went on to play for England U17 against France the following year and he shared in four of the U20s first five wins in the 2017 Six Nations.
After playing in only two Premiership games against Northampton Saints and Wasps in April and May 2017, Nick excelled for the England XV against the Barbarians that summer and crowned his debut appearance with a try.
Despite still being classed as an academy player, Nick has made 27 appearances for Saracens during the 2017/18 campaign, operating at lock and blindside flanker, and he was awarded the club’s Young Player of the Season.
Educated at Haileybury College in Hertfordshire, he previously attended Mandeville Primary School and Nicholas Breakspear Catholic School.
He said: “My first mentor was Harry Harrison at Albanians and now Jim Hamilton and Maro Itoje at Saracens help my understanding of the game.
"I want to reach my full potential and beyond rugby, I’d love to get into property development and property buying and selling. That would be great.”
Born in Hemel Hempstead, Nick has captained Hertfordshire U16 and Saracens U17 and been involved in athletics and represented his native county in the discus.
The players he most admires are clubmate Maro Itoje, Martin Johnson, Eben Etzebeth and Brian Habana.
Having already earned two England caps under Eddie Jones on the tour to Argentina in 2017, Nick was named in the squad for the three-Test tour to South Africa where he made one appearance.
2017 Arg (1R), Sam(R) 2018 SA (1)
2017 F(R), W, It, I
2015 Europe: P(R), F, It; SA Tour: F, SA ‘A’, SA
Last updated: 28 June 2018