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Maro Itoje facts: 12 things you didn’t know…

4. Dream Dinner Guests

His guests would include a footballer! He told JOE: “I would pick Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali and Jay-Jay Okocha. He’s in there, my Nigerian brother!”

5. Nickname 

The Saracens second-row is nicknamed ‘the pearl’. He was given the name by one of his teammates at the Christmas social after he wore a cream turtleneck and the name has stuck.

6. Mentor

“Richard Hill MBE – he is a former rugby union footballer who played flanker for Saracens and England and is the England team manager – he’s inspirational.”

7. What TV does he like?

Itoje loves watching period dramas” Downton Abbey, Mr Selfridge, The Crown – he loves them all.

8. Family

He is the cousin of Bath’s loosehead prop Beno Obano.

Gloucester speedster Ollie Thorley is also Itoje’s cousin, after his grandfather re-married a Nigerian woman who is the Saracens lock’s aunt.

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