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Maro Itoje: Rugby union star, art promoter, activist, political thinker

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Maro Itoje has won seven major honours with Saracens, three Six Nations Championships with England and is a two-time British & Irish Lions tourist

With Jonah Lomu and Jonny Wilkinson the notable exceptions, rugby union has always struggled to generate crossover stars with true global appeal, but Maro Itoje is a man who looks increasingly like bucking that trend.

The 26-year-old Saracens, England and British & Irish Lions forward is known on the field for popping up everywhere, for boundless energy, and it’s this same energy applied off the field that makes Itoje one of British sport’s most important figures.

Itoje presses politicians into action, hosts podcasts and fights for black rights, but also finds the time to model for major fashion brands and promote African history and art.

Maybe once in Britain a black sportsman had no choice but to keep their head down and just play the game, Itoje is part of the generation that is doing just the opposite.

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