Marcus Smith, the fly-half for England and Harlequins, has expressed his desire to contribute to Philippine rugby once he concludes his current Test career.
Born in the Philippines to a Filipino mother and a British father, the 24-year-old spent the first eight years of his life in the country.
According to the current World Rugby eligibility rules, Smith could potentially represent the Philippines after a three-year stand-down period.
During an Ask Me Anything session with England, Smith was questioned about his interest in representing the Philippines.
“One day I’d love to help and be involved in Philippine rugby, my brother currently plays for the Philippines,” the 30-cap England international said.
“Obviously my heart and my mind are fully with England at the minute, it’s a dream of mine to be wearing this kit right now.
“One day that might be different, or when I retire from here, if I get that opportunity, if my body still holds up, it would be lovely to play with both of my younger brothers.”
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