Marcus Smith is leaving no stone unturned in his quest to become the best rugby player in the world with a unique move to Leeds Rhinos as part of his masterplan.
The playmakers attack coach at Quins was Sean Long, the former Great Britain No7 who left last autumn to return to league as one of Richard Agar’s Rhinos assistants.
And the England star wants to link up with his former coach as he look to develop his game further.
“He asked if he could come and train with us and I said of course he can. I squared it off with Rich.
“Marcus wants to just come and see what it’s like with us and see what it’s like training in rugby league.
“It’s not that he wants to change codes or anything; he just wants to look at the challenges of rugby league compared to rugby union as he is always wanting to improve.
“Marcus told me he wants to come up and toughen up a bit. That’s all about his own personal development.
“He is an outstanding player but what I like about him is he’s not finished yet; he’s wanting to learn and learn and learn.”
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2021 World XV:
- 15. Willie le Roux (South Africa)
- 14. Makazole Mapimpi (South Africa)
- 11. Rieko Ioane (New Zealand)
- 13. Lukhanyo Am (South Africa)
- 12. Samu Kerevi (Australia)