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Jim Mallinder explains his exciting new role with Scotland

3. Jacob Umaga

With his dad Mike and uncle Tana playing at international level, it was inevitable that Jacob Umaga would take up rugby and do well in his own right. Centre Mike Umaga won 13 caps for Samoa and Tana, a centre/wing, played 74 times for New Zealand and captained the All Blacks.

Jacob Umaga (Wasps) of England U20 during the England U20s and France U20s in the Six Nations match at Sandy park, Exeter, Devon. – PHOTO: Phil Mingo/PPAUK

In June 2016, Jacob moved to the Wasps Academy and two months later scored a thrilling long-range try for England U18 against France in Cape Town. His U20 debut was in the 59-17 win over France at Exeter and he landed all his five place-kicks against Wales six days later along the way to England’ss 37-21 victory at Colwyn and he made four appearances in the World U20 Championship in Georgia in June 2017.

Halifax-born he attended Northowram Primary in the Yorkshire town before going to St John’s Primary and Kenilworth Secondary School. Jacob played at Halifax-based Old Brodleians from the age of four (2002/04) and Kenilworth (2004/14). He captained sides at Kenilworth from U9-U16 and won representative honours with the England mixed U18 touch rugby team. In 2020 he received his first senior call-up for the Guinness Six Nations.