Joe Marchant compares England team mate Marcus Smith with New Zealand talisman Beauden Barrett and backs the Harlequins star to light up this summer and beyond in a test shirt
- Joe Marchant says he’s excited to see Marcus Smith play at international level
- Marchant should make his international debut against the USA on Sunday
- The 24-year-old wants Harlequins ‘swashbuckling style’ to rub off on England
- Marchant believes Smith and Beauden Barrett are both really exciting players
Marcus Smith can be England’s Beauden Barrett according to his Harlequins team-mate Joe Marchant.
The Harlequins centre, 24, played with All Black talisman Barrett in Auckland while on a sabbatical pre-Covid in New Zealand.
And Marchant thinks that his England No 10 Smith, 22, can light up this summer and beyond in a Test shirt having inspired Quins to the Premiership title.
Joe Marchant is excited to see teammate Marcus Smith (pictured) play at international level
Marchant believes Harlequins colleague Smith is ‘a player who get’s bums on seats’
‘He is a pretty special player to be honest,’ said Marchant on Smith – who should make his international debut against the USA on Sunday at Twickenham.
‘He is someone that can just make something happen when there is just nothing on. He is someone you can trust if you are telling him a picture, you don’t even need to tell him sometimes, a picture has kind of presented itself he will look and he will take that option.
‘His skills are obviously so high he will put you on the money. Our outside backs at the club have scored so many tries this year through him putting the ball on the money.
‘He has been exceptional and I am really excited to see what he can do at international level because he does what he has done at the club it will be a good summer for him.
Marchant likened Smith’s style of play to that of New Zealand talisman Beauden Barrett
And asked if he has similar traits to Kiwi Barrett – two time world player of the year – Marchant added: ‘You can definitely see the skill level when they get the ball in their hands, they have just got so much time on it.
‘It is a cliché but the best 10s when they have got the ball look like they have got time on their hands and Marcus and Beauden are both in that category.
‘They definitely get bums on seats and they are really exciting players both of them.’
Marchant is one of four title winners in Eddie Jones’ squad for Tests against USA – this Sunday – and Canada – next weekend – along with No 8 Alex Dombrandt, flanker Jack Kenningham and Smith.
Marchant (left) celebrates after winning the Premiership title with Harlequins last season
He wants Quins’ swashbuckling style to rub off on England.
‘I hope so,’ he said.
‘The way we’ve been playing at Quins is a way we’ve been trying to play for a number of years, going back to the roots of the club, playing a free-flowing, high-tempo game. It’s going well for us and we’ve got a lot of benefits from it. If it sets trends at international level, who knows.
‘Dommers, Marcus and Kenners are all good at moving the ball, putting people into holes. And if it means we’re making lots of breaks and scoring lots of tries it’ll be really good.’