The third line of gunmen is having a stellar moment, but despite being 26 years old, he’s only been a pro for two seasons.
If you haven’t heard of Theo McFarland before, don’t worry. There are still many who are not used to such a sound British From his name who was born and raised in Samoa.
However, the most attentive people will notice the black curls and thin beard of the Saracens who came from nothing and seems to be able to do everything with his own hands: unloading Dreamers, acrobatic aerial catches, incredible mastery of to treat Unconventional.
After a season in the London club, MacFarland quickly gained a prominent place in the team hierarchy. Last year 25 games, 18 starters, 6 goals in the league and cup. Now 62 minutes into the first day of the Premier League against the Harlequins.
Play multiple sports as they grow up!! 🏀
– Ross Hamilton September 19, 2022
All in all not bad for a boy of about 26 who wouldn’t even three years ago play rugby.
His encounter with destiny has the features of a strange legend: McFarland is 23 and part of the Samoa national basketball team, another minimalist follow in the archipelago where rugby is a religion. The team returns with the coach after beating Tonga in a match in which he was the protagonist. The bus stops, and Brian Lima, aka chiropractor, a fallen Samoa rugby legend (convicted of assaulting his ex-wife) climbs in search of redemption as head coach of the seven-man rugby team.
Lima passes between the benches, the players staring at him in restless silence. He goes to the coach and points to McFarland and makes him come down: “He told me I should go back to playing rugby. He asked me to come back and said there was a chance to play for the national team.”
It’s the start of an unexpected career: Coming from a family with limited finances, MacFarland grew up playing rugby with cans full of banana leaves as an oval, playing rugby and basketball during school and then leaving the oval aside. Even with the stakes, the chances of turning professional seemed enough to snatch him from a debt-collection job that was decidedly unpopular.
An epiphany in Lima, recognizing the potential for a future in rugby with his physical and athletic means, has radically changed his life. He started with the Sevens, then in 2020 decided to move to rugby union, but first the Panasonic Wild Knights in Japan made him a test that he would not pursue, then his contract in the United States with Dallas Jackals expired in smoke after the team decided to abandon participation in rugby league, postponing entry to the league for a year. He ended up playing in New Zealand with Manuma Samoa in the Global Rapid Rugby, an international tournament that will be winding down due to the pandemic.
After various ups and downs, he returns to Samoa. Here, meanwhile, he ended up on the radar of another great rugby player on the island, Cielala Mabusua, the national team coach. Not only does the former Irish London center give him the opportunity to wear the XV Choice jersey for the first time (debut against the Maori All Blacks in June 2021), but it also the link that allows him to connect with the Saracens through Nick Kennedy, another former London Irishman and current head of recruiting at London.
And so MacFarland became a star, between appearing in the second row and the others from No. 6, right up to the Premier League final against Leicester Tigers. He has amassed 6 matches in the national team, and will play the next Rugby World Cup (and maybe also the November Test against Italy).
Simply stunning from the great Theo MacFarland!
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– World Rugby (WorldRugby) 25 May 2022
including Mark McCall, and rugby manager About the Arabs who renewed his contract this summer, he says: “He’s 26 years old but he just got into professional rugby, so he’s pretty young for rugby, and to be honest, we’re sure he’ll get better.”
“He is a silent boy, but watch out for those who are silent. He has a nice personality and is well integrated into the team. I would say she is a good spirit, but she is great and, above all, really cares about what he does.”
Well, if you haven’t heard of Theo McFarland before, now you have the problem solved. You will no longer be able to ignore it.
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