Marcus Smith has emerged into one of England's star players since breaking into the national side in 2021, finishing as last year's Six Nations top scorer.
We take a look at Smith's background and profile ahead of the 2023 Six Nations...
|Place of Birth||Manila, Philippines|
Marcus Smith is an international rugby union player who has made 13 appearances for England as a fly-half.
Smith was born in Manila, Philippines to a British father and Filipina mother. Smith began playing rugby after moving to Singapore aged seven, before he settled in the United Kingdom at the age of 13 where he earned a sports scholarship to attend Brighton College.
Marcus Smith is 23 years old. He was born on 14th February 1999.
Smith has played professional club rugby for Harlequins since making his senior debut in 2017. Smith has made 127 appearances for Harlequins in total, registering 1,163 points.
The 23-year-old came through the youth ranks at Brighton Rugby Club, who he represented from 2012 to 2017 before he became a professional at Harlequins.
Smith made his senior England debut in 2021 against the United States, and has since turned out for his country 13 times and has scored 139 points.
In the summer of 2021, Smith was also called up by the British & Irish Lions to cover for the injured Finn Russell. The Englishman converted seven tries on debut in a 49-3 victory against the Stormers.
Smith is a fly-half, and starred for England at number 10 during the 2022 Six Nations. An outstanding kicker, Smith has also scored seven international tries.
Marcus Smith had been sidelined for almost two months after suffering an ankle injury during England's Autumn Nations Series finale against South Africa in November, but looks set to be fit for the upcoming Six Nations campaign.
The 23-year-old returned to Harlequins' starting lineup for their narrow 30-29 defeat to Racing 92 in the Heineken Champions Cup to on 15th January, demonstrating his availability to new England boss Steve Borthwick ahead of the Six Nations.
Despite shining for England at the Six Nations in 2022, Smith is in fierce competition with captain Owen Farrell for the number 10 jersey.
Both outstanding players in their own right, this dilemma with regards to who to start at fly-half will represent one of new England manager Steve Borthwick's key selection decisions ahead of this year's competition.