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England rugby star named RWC semi final man of the match

28 October 2019

SOAS politics graduate Maro Itoje was named Player of the Match in England’s Rugby World Cup semi-final victory on Saturday against the All Blacks.

His performance was hailed across the rugby world's sports media, and as a “one-man highlights reel” in the Guardian who said he played: “the game of his life.”

We are immensely proud to have Maro as an alumnus and as someone who speaks out about issues in modern society and cites his studies at SOAS as a formative part of his outlook on life.

Today (Monday 28 October) is also Maro’s birthday – and everyone at SOAS wishes him a very happy day of celebration, ahead of the final against South Africa on Saturday 2 November.

Just five years ago, we profiled Maro in his first year at SOAS as “rugby’s rising star”.

While studying for a BA in Politics at SOAS, Maro established himself as one of the world's best players - representing Saracens and England with distinction.

Maro captained the U20 England team to victory in the 2014 IRB Junior World Championship against a formidable South African team in a fierce contest held at Eden Park, New Zealand.

In 2015 he was an integral part of the Saracens squad who lifted the Aviva Premiership Trophy.

He was awarded his first senior caps for England in the 2016 Six Nations and continued his rapid rise with the Lions. 

So far in his rugby career, he has won four English Premiership titles with Saracens, three European Rugby Champions Cup titles, and two Six Nations Championship titles.  

He graduated in summer 2018 with a BA in Politics.

We wish Maro a roaring success in the World Cup Final this weekend.