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Marcus Smith nominated for first major accolade of career

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Harlequins fly-half Marcus Smith

Harlequins have announced that Marcus Smith has been nominated for BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year for 2017.

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Smith is one of ten nominees that were all aged 17 and under on January 1st, 2017. The ten nominees are then reduced to three with the winner announced at the ceremony at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

A statement on the Harlequins website reads: “18-year-old Smith has enjoyed a breakout season in 2017. The former Brighton College Student joined the full-time Harlequins Academy in July 2017 after helping Harlequins’ U18s to the league title in February of this year.

Smith made his club debut in the opening match of the season against London Irish and was named man of the match in the thrilling away win to Wasps in September.

Following a number of standout performances for Harlequins, Smith has been named in several of Eddie Jones’ wider England squads, most recently as an apprentice player for the Old Mutual Wealth Series.

On his nomination, Smith said: “It’s an incredible honour to be nominated for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year Award. 2017 has been a fantastic year for me, both for my club and for being called up to the full England squad.

“It’s humbling to be nominated for such a prestigious award alongside other talented sportsmen and sportswomen in their respective fields.”

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Smith is one of ten nominees that were all aged 17 and under on January 1st, 2017. The ten nominees are then reduced to three with the winner announced at the ceremony at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

The ceremony will be broadcast on Sunday 17th December, live on BBC One.

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