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21 years old Nigerian emerges European Rugby Player of the Year

Another Nigerian in the diaspora , Maro Itoje, a 21 years old  Rugby player,has made Nigerians proud with his new award as the European Player of the Year after winning the sixth Nations Cup with his England team.

The England-based Nigerian 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.

Saracens Lock, Maro Itoje is Decembers Aviva Player of the Month - Photo mandatory by-line: Phil Mingo/Pinnacle/Aviva - Tel: +44(0)1363 881025 - Mobile:0797 1270 681 - VAT Reg No: 768 6958 48 - 02/01/2016 - SPORT - RUGBY UNION - December AVIVA Premiership Player of the Month - Saracens, Allianz Park, Hendon, England

The young 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.


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,” Itoje said. “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.

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