One of my early early memories being involved in this great club (Circa 2014) was following a particularly strong youth team as they made their way through the age groups. The side was packed with talent and swagger but always the willingness to do the simple things well and consistency. The heart of the team was a young wicket keeper/destructive batsman in the shape of a young Marcus Smith. It soon became apparent that he and his two brothers Tom and Luc had the full support of a loving family. Both Mum and Dad Jeremy were always along side watching the action unfold.
The ever popular Smith was on everyone’s target list as there was a huge feeling around the club that he had the potential to go very far in the sport of cricket. At the time to my eyes there would of been a swift and direct pathway to our 1st team as a batsman and back up keeper for James M and then perhaps onward’s to the County vibe and who knows where. However, just a year later his path took an almighty change of direction when winning the Player of the Tournament in the St Joseph’s Rugby Festival (2016)
Since then his Rugby career has gone from strength to strength will many accolades and new fans along the way. He made his full debut for Harlequins on 2nd September 2017 at number 10 Fly Half. A week later he was awarded the Man of the Match award in a game against Wasps. Perhaps his club career highlight thus far was winning the Premiership Final in June 2021. In a very high scoring game Smith scored 4 conversations which perhaps won the game for Harlequins.
Marcus (22) had been on the fringe of England talk for several years and on 4th July 2021 his full International potential was showcased as he made his full England debut at Twickenham against USA. The day couldn’t of gone any better for our former Nomads youth player after scoring a try and kicking four conversions in a convincing England win.
Marcus has the natural talent, work ethic and impeccable manners to reach the top in any walk of life he chooses to take. It was a real pleasure to have him here at the club and watch him play cricket. However for the time being it’s Rugby where his path currently lies. I am sure all Nomad member’s will join me in sending huge congratulations and warm regards to the whole Smith family and in particular Marcus on his International bow.
We can all now settle in to watch his career unfold as hopefully Club Honour’s, Lions Tours, Six Nation and World Cup successes come cascading through.