|Weight||110kg (17st 4lb)|
A member of Saracens Academy, Maro Itoje has represented England U17 and captained both Harpenden RFC and St George’s VA School in his age group and played for Hertfordshire U14, U15 and U16. Remarkably, he went on to score a try in every U20 Six Nations game this year, was the BMW Man of the Match in the 48-15 win over Scotland at Galashiels and England’s BMW Man of the Tournament.
Maro, who is reading for a degree in Politics, also led the side in the final two games that produced a 67-7 win over Wales at Kingston Park, Newcastle and a 52-5 victory over Italy at Calvisano. Greater deeds followed when he captained the team in the 21-20 victory over South Africa in the IRB Junior World Championship final at Eden Park, Auckland in June.
He took up the game at St George’s when he was 11, went on to appear for London & SE U16 and played for England U18 in the 54-5 win over London Academies on his own school ground. He has since started all four competitive matches for the side, dating back to his debut against Scotland at Hawick in March 2012 and partnered Charlie Ewels in all three triumphant games as England became the European champions in Spain last April. He has also toured Wales with Saracens Academy U18, having travelled to Ireland with Harpenden U14.
London-born Maro studied politics, statistics, critical thinking, philosophy and ethics and economics at Harrow School.
Initially educated at Salcombe Prep School in Enfield, his mentors include Steve Robins and Andrew Bennett while his Harpenden coach Stuart Mitchell offered valuable advice on and off the field.
He said: “Matt Davies at Saracens has improved my game massively and it has also been great working with Richard Hill. I have learned a lot from his knowledge and experience.”
Maro has also played basketball, represented England U17 in the shot putt and twice been in Hertfordshire’s team for the national schools’ athletics championships. His cousin Beno Obano, a prop, is a member of the London Wasps Academy.
His favourite players are Tom Croft, Courtney Lawes, Imanol Harinordoquy, Thierry Dusautoir and Jonah Lomu and his special thanks go to Jessie Coulson, the director of sport at Harrow who, he says, "has helped me a lot".
U20 International Record
25 points – 5T
2014 F, S, I, W, It World Championship – It, A, Arg(R), I, SA
Last updated: July 3, 2014