STATEMENT: Marcus Smith forced to step down from rugby until 2023 - Ruck

STATEMENT: Marcus Smith forced to step down from rugby until 2023

Harlequins boss Tabai Matson has confirmed that England fly-half Marcus Smith won’t return to action until 2023.

Smith went off midway through the second half of England’s 27-13 loss to South Africa last weekend with what appeared to be a nasty ankle injury.

He could though be a doubt for the start of the 2023 Six Nations, as the number 10 is now due to have another specialist appointment next week.

“Simply, it is an ankle injury,” Quins head coach Tabai Matson told BT Sport, ahead of their clash with Bath on Friday evening.

“He had a specialist have a look at him this week, and another one next week.

“He will be out for this month and I think early next year we will get a better prediction of actually how many weeks he will be out for.”

Tabai Matson interview:

Marcus Smith Facts:

  1. Smith was born in Manila in the Philippines and picked up the game at the age of 7 with Centaurs RFC when his family decided to move to Singapore, he learnt the game there before moving to Sussex as a 13-year old
  2. His Dad, Jeremy Smith lived in Hong Kong from 1992-97, playing for Valley and the national side at fly-half
  3. At just 18 years of age and 200 days, he made his Premiership debut at Twickenham to become the youngest fly-half to start in the top flight since a 17-year old George Ford
  4. He is known to many of his teammates as Smudge, which is the traditional military nickname for anyone with the surname Smith.
  5. The England and Harlequins fly-half has been dating professional model Beth Dolling for over two years.

England players wages revealed with £460k-a-season Marcus Smith the second highest earner

Marcus Smith might be the latest big thing in English rugby but he is still only England’s seventh highest earner.

#10. Tom Curry (Sale Sharks) – £430,000 per season

Tom Curry of England during the Autumn Nations Match between England and Tonga at Twickenham Stoop on 6 November 2021. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

#9. Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints) – £450,000