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Maro Itoje the quiet student who has already graduated for England

Saracens forward has taken Premiership and international rugby in his stride but knows the autumn internationals, starting with South Africa, will present another examination

Maro Itoje has a confession to make. Contrary to the ever-increasing body of evidence, England’s brightest talent of his generation does not possess super powers. He says he cannot read minds and as he continues to be held up as the standard bearer of English rugby’s revival – not to mention Saracens’ all-conquering side – being invisible is no longer an option. That is, anywhere other than the classroom.

“I don’t think a lot of [my classmates] know who I am to be honest,” says Itoje, in his final year of a politics degree at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. “I can be fairly discreet, some lecturers and some tutors know [who I am]. It makes life a little bit easier. It’s quite nice to go incognito for a while. Politics is a little bit different to Premiership rugby.”

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