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Marcus Smith set to be richest teenage rugby player with lucrative Harlequins deal

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An 18-year-old England prodigy is set to rake in almost a quarter of a million pounds a year which will see him be the richest teenager in world rugby.

Marcus Smith has earned a new contract at Harlequins which will see him earn £230,000 a year as of next season.

Smith's three-year deal will rise at the end of each season at Twickenham Stoop and he is set for added bonuses through international payments and performance-related pay, on top of the six-figure salary. 

The young fly-half, who was born in the Philippines, is the second-youngest debutant in Premiership Rugby history at 18-years and 200 days.

England head coach Eddie Jones has already tipped the youngster to have an involvement at the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

For the national team, Smith has been involved from age groups under 16 to under 20 and was a part of the training camp for England's Autumn Internationals.

The teenager was studying for his A-levels at Brighton College last summer but will now be enjoying a pay-rise of 900 percent. His £230,000 wage is similar to that which top international players earn.

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Smith's performances have seen him enjoy 11 appearances in 'Quins 13 Aviva Premiership matches so far this term. The Twickenham-based club are ninth in English rugby's top flight, having won six and lost seven of their games to date.

"Harlequins is a fantastic club and they have looked after me extremely well," said Smith.

"As a player you want to be playing in the big games and, hopefully, if I can keep improving, I will be involved in more and more of them and help the club progress."

Harlequins v Northampton Saints - Aviva Premiership

After his September debut against London Irish, Smith produced a man-of-the-match performance against Wasps and thereby ended the home side's 22-match winning run at the Ricoh Arena.

The deal is Smith's first professional contract with Harlequins and the 18-year-old rookie will now be hoping to continue his consistent club performances in the second half of the season to press for a position in Eddie Jones' squad.

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