Daryl Marfo (07-09) makes international debut

 

 

Prop forward Daryl Marfo (07-09) became the first rugby international produced by the College since Rex Willis (38-42) in 1947 when he played 58 minutes for Scotland vs Samoa at Murrayfield, Edinburgh on November 11th, 2017.

 

Daryl, who has a Scottish mother, moved to the Scottish capital from Bath RFC during the summer. Previously he had played for the defunct London Welsh XV and before that for Harlequins RFC.

 

Scottish coach Gregor Townsend admitted he “didn’t know much” about the 27-year-old at the beginning of the season. “He’s got his opportunity at Edinburgh, and part of that is down to injuries, but he’s played ahead of others we were looking at. He has shown consistency and we believe he is getting better and better.  We were very impressed by how he played away to Leinster, who had two British & Irish Lions in their front row.”

 

Marfo, now an 18-stone strongman, was at the College for two years and became Chief of the College during that time. Immensely popular with his contemporaries, he originally turned professional because, he said, he enjoyed scrummaging. He left Harlequins after the British Lion Kyle Sinkler overtook him in the propping hierarchy. The move to London Welsh coincided with the implosion of the professional side there. He moved to Bath last season before deciding to take his chances north of the border this September.

 

The match report in The Scotsman newspaper following the game stated in part:  “Another positive was the fact that Scotland now have four new internationalists. Edinburgh loosehead Darryl Marfo looked the part and there were debuts off the bench for hooker George Turner, loosehead Jamie Bhatti and Newcastle centre/wing Chris Harris. “I thought Darryl played well, got a ball out of the tackle 
on his first involvement, the scrum went well and we looked always to be going forward and maybe didn’t get the rewards we thought we should,” said Townsend. “I thought Darryl got off the line well in defence and he should be very proud of his 
performance.”

 

 

Darryl was not 1st XV captain in his final year at Pangbourne. That honour fell to another great young talent Michael Channing (08-10), then a fly-half and another graduate of the Harlequins Academy, before he switched codes to play rugby league for Castleford Tigers, Featherstone Rovers and Wales. Michael, now playing at centre for the London Broncos, was part of the Welsh squad at the recent rugby league world championships in Australia.