Dan Carter has been discussing some of today’s best openings ahead of England’s clash with New Zealand next weekend.
The All Blacks legend did the interview as part of promoting his upcoming book www.thisisopus.com.
#4. Marcus Smith (England)
Carter told the Mail Online: “Owen has played enough test matches now to place him at 10 or 12. The important thing is that you have a fit Marcus Smith who is a real talent and you can’t afford to leave him out.
“Marcus will only get better the longer he plays. It’s a good problem to have. Owen is able to allow Marcus to go out and play without feeling too much responsibility.
“The more often they play together in pressure situations, the more confidence that will build in that combination.”
Marcus Smith Facts:
- Smith was born in Manila, Philippines, and started playing at the age of 7 with Centaurs RFC when his family decided to move to Singapore. He learned the game there before moving to Sussex when he was 13 years old.
- His father, Jeremy Smith, lived in Hong Kong between 1992 and 1997, playing for Valley and the national team in the fly-half position.
- Aged just 18 years and 200 days, he made his Premiership debut at Twickenham to become the youngest fly-half to start in the top flight since 17-year-old George Ford.
- Many of his teammates know him as Smudge, which is the traditional military nickname for anyone with the last name Smith.