Nigeria’s Itoje Named European Rugby Player of the Year

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Maro Itoje

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MARO Itoje, England-based Nigerian Rugby player, has been named European Player of the Year after winning the sixth Nations Cup with his England team. The 21-year-old was awarded the honour ahead of Saracens teammates Owen Farrell, George Kruis and Billy Vunipola, as well as Harlequins flanker Jack Clifford, Northampton wing George North, Toulon’s Steffon Armitage and Racing 92’s Dan Carter.

Itoje was also named the Rugby Players’ Association’s Young Player of the Year. “I feel I’m nowhere near where I think I can be. I think there’s a lot to come. I’m still young. There’s still a hell of a lot of things I need to work on,” Itoje said.

Speaking to journalists in Lagos, Olatunji Fasimoye, technical director, Nigeria Rugby Football Federation, NRFF, says it’s good news for Nigeria.

The Nigerian is a man of many talents. He plays rugby, writes poems, discusses politics, and knows about the economic happenings of Nigeria. At 6ft 5in, 18st 4lb, this ‘champion’ is his father’s role model. He was born in Camden, North London, after his parents Efe and Florence moved to Britain after marrying in Nigeria.

—  May 30, 2016 @ 01:00 GMT

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