Date of birth: 9 January 1997. Country: England
When did you start playing rugby?
Aged six or seven, at the Saffron Walden club. But I soon moved on to Bishop’s Stortford and I was there until U17s.
How did you get spotted by Sarries?
Matt Davies from the club saw me in a school game for Felsted, and I joined their junior academy at 17. I’m now in my first year in the senior academy. England U20 are looking at me as a ten, whereas Saracens are keeping their options open, as a ten, 12 or 15.
Are you studying?
Yes. I’m doing a business and finance degree at Herts University I hope to have a long career in rugby but I’m building something for afterwards.
Who’ve been your biggest coaching influences?
Andrew Le Chevalier at Felsted really backed me, and Ian Vass, my mentor at Sarries – he’d try to get to my school every week to work on my kicking and skills. And my dad.
We hear you kicked at Twickenham last autumn…
Yes, myself and London Irish’s Theo Brophy-Clews went on the pitch at half-time during England v Ireland. We kicked the ball to each other and took a couple of goal kicks.
Did you gain a lot from it?
It was amazing, with the guy on the mike getting the crowd cheering and out heart rates being shown on the big screen! Mine was so high, about 140! It was all about getting us used to kicking under pressure. We went up on the Friday and saw England train and had our kicking biomechanically assessed at St Mary’s College.
RW Verdict: A sparkling, creative player, Malins has been on loan at Old Albanians this term (2015-16) – scoring four tries v Clifton – and getting game time with Saracens A.
First published in the March 2016 edition of Rugby World magazine.