"A doubt" - Marcus Smith ready to quit Harlequins for big money contract from overseas - Ruck

“A doubt” – Marcus Smith ready to quit Harlequins for big money contract from overseas

After the World Cup, Racing 92, the esteemed French rugby club, has expressed their interest in acquiring the services of Marcus Smith, initiating discussions about a potential move to Paris.

According to the Mail Online, Smith has a year remaining on his contract at Harlequins but Racing are exploring the option of a buy-out to land him next season.

Finn Russell’s departure for Bath during the summer has prompted Parisian club to identify Marcus Smith as an exciting replacement, particularly after his impressive performance at La Defense Arena in the Champions Cup.

Currently earning approximately £450,000 per season as a player for Harlequins in the Premiership, Smith could become one of the highest-paid players globally if he makes the move.

The Rugby Paper had previously reported Racing 92’s keen interest in signing the talented playmaker at the conclusion of the 2023/24 season.

Racing, who will be coached by former England boss Stuart Lancaster, have already confirmed the signing of South Africa captain Siya Kolisi for next season.

There are unconfirmed reports that Smith faces a battle to make England’s World Cup squad following the re-emergence of George Ford.

Given that Harlequins have nurtured and shaped him into one of the most beloved personalities in English rugby, it is highly unlikely that they will willingly part ways with Smith.

The club holds great attachment to him, having played a significant role in his development since his academy days.

However, Smith did admit in recent weeks that he would likely have to leave Quins to achieve what he wants to in the club game.

“I’m still early in my career. I want to experience different cultures, I want to play in different leagues,” said Smith.

“But I’ll do that when the time’s right, for me, for my family, for my girlfriend and in my development as a rugby player and as a person as well.

“If you look across to the Top 14 [in France], you see the dominance they have in Europe. For me that’s mainly down to the salary cap. If they’ve got more resources and finances to build their squads then they’re probably going to be in a better position to win those tournaments.

“I’ve never personally been further than the round of 16. When I was younger I wrote in my book that I want to win the Heineken Cup. To do that here in England is extremely tough and that’s a big draw.”


Who is rugby player Marcus Smith dating?

The England and Harlequins fly-half has been dating the professional model Beth Dolling for over two years.

On Instagram, where she has amassed over 34,000 followers, Beth gives her fans a glimpse of her glitzy shoots and the behind the scenes life of England’s new superstar.

She also enjoys singing and has her own Instagram page packed with videos of her showing off her vocal talent. When will we hear rugby anthem Swing Low, Sweet Chariot?


In her most recent photoshoot, Dolling modelled as a bride with plenty of her followers encouraging Smith to pop the question.


#1. Hollie Shearer – Girlfriend of Joe Marchant

The daughter of the all-time Premier League top goalscorer and England legend Alan, has confirmed she is dating Harlequins and England centre earlier this year.

The 25-year old singer has shared numerous shots with the popular speedster, who has represented his country four times.

Photos shared across social media suggest Hollie’s relationship with the 26-year-old is still in its early stages.