Rugby may be glad the giant 6ft 6in, 18st 13lb teenager chose the sport as his to excel in. "That's why I enjoyed the Test match on Saturday, I could have a couple of beers and it wasn't 8am!". He only has two caps to his name so far - making his debut last summer against Argentina in San Juan - but could quickly become part of Eddie Jones' plans as the England head coach looks to evolve his national side and emulate the heroes of 2003. Brad played U19 regional basketball and formed part of the Black Sox U19 softball team – but rugby was always the dream. "He was tossing a ball around. 'As I got older rugby took over and I fell in love with that - Martin Johnson became a hero too, he was tough and a good leader. Melbourne Cup tragedy: Is this the answer to ending fatalities? But now the 19-year-old Saracens forward is plotting to be part of a golden future for his country. [4] The move also saw him gain two appearances for the Saracens senior side during the 2016–17 Aviva Premiership season. 'I also threw the discus at school - I was OK at that. The All Blacks claimed a 1-0 advantage in the Bledisloe Cup as they battled to a 27-7 victory over the Wallabies at Eden Park. Isiekwe was named in the England U20 squad for the 2017 tournament before receiving a call-up as one of 15 uncapped players in England's 31-man senior squad for their two-Test tour to Argentina in June 2017. 'Dad makes sure we are aware of where we are from. 'It is great for Nigeria for those guys to have come from there - to have that heritage can only be a good thing.' RW Verdict: Isiekwe started four of the five games in England’s U20 Grand Slam-winning campaign. Isiekwe cites former Chelsea players Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard as two of his idols, The Saracens man was speaking to Sportsmail at Spring Hill Sports Ground, Hackney, London. 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Nick Isiekwe is down the road at Northampton Saints and Nick Tompkins is in Wales with Dragons. On Saturday the back-rower became the 1,399th player to play for England, coming on as a 36th-minute substitute at lock for Nick Isiekwe. His parents, Nigel and Danielle, have kept their counsel — but now want to set the record straight. You can physically impose yourself on a game and there’s the lineout, which is technical. In 2012 he was invited to join the world champions. SINGO SCORES ON DEBUT. 'I have vague memories of 2007, when England made the final, with Bryan Habana scoring tries and doing eye-catching stuff. 'I don't remember the 2003 World Cup,' he said. My parents, for the way they encouraged me to get out and try things. It happens in any career, in any sport. "Bradley did not pick himself. A typically to-the-point rebuttal from honest Kiwi folk. By Will Kelleher For Mailonline "We broke the family rules to read the text. "He was a bit nervous as he was only 21 at the time but thought 'Wow'. Never really watched him specifically in a game before but I did yesterday. laughs Nigel. Nigeria is part of my make-up and how I am, which I a very grateful for. When I was nine. "It was a very proud day for both of us. Nick arrived in Riverdale with his mother and father in preparation for the Lodges' upcoming open house, in which Hiram and Hermione Lodge hoped to garner his family's support as investors. Isiekwe, a member of Saracens Academy, who played at prop, centre, No.8 and flanker before settling into his role at lock. Saracens forward Nick Isiekwe has been touted as a rising star for club and country, The 19-year-old (centre) Chelsea fan initially played football, tennis and cricket at school, Isiekwe cites former Chelsea players Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard as two of his idols, The Saracens man was speaking to Sportsmail at Spring Hill Sports Ground, Hackney, London, An England international, Isiekwe is in line to start for Saracens against Bath on Sunday, Maro Itoje, like Isiekwe, is a British-Nigerian making waves, Isiekwe aims to emulate the likes of Itoje and Anthony Joshua (pictured), 19:23 13 Apr 2018, updated 21:08 13 Apr 2018, Harlequins ask All Blacks for short-list with club likely to appoint their first southern hemisphere coach in 17 years, Harlequins flanker Chris Robshaw says the players let sacked coach John Kingston down in poor season: 'As a unit we have not produced', Agent of England star Maro Itoje banned for two years after placing almost 1,500 bets on matches from account in which £650,000 was deposited in less than four years, Olympic winning coach Ben Ryan bemoans lack of English coaches in the Premiership. Born in Hemel Hempstead, Isiekwe has captained Hertfordshire U16 and Saracens U17. But now the 19-year-old Saracens forward is plotting to be part of a golden future for his country. I said: 'Yep, course I do mate! At 13. >> Get Christmas sorted with a Rugby World subscription and you get a £5 M&S gift card. In May 2020 he announced a contract extension Saracens, keeping him at the club until 2024, however, with the Champions being relegated to the Championship, he signed a year long loan deal with Saints ahead of the 2020/21 season It's a small world with technology, but our young grandchildren think we live in the TV!". I wasn't quite Usain Bolt - I never wanted to know what my time was!'. To mix it with the big-boys, and manage the transition between school rugby at Haileybury College and the professional game with the back-to-back European Champions, Isiekwe has been on a diet of up to 5,000 calories a day - and by reports from Saracens is breaking all gym records, although the man himself is coy when that subject is mentioned. And all the coaches I’ve had have guided me and helped me. The club also won £2,000 of Gilbert kit and equipment courtesy of Aviva, title sponsor of Aviva Premiership Rugby. Nigeria is part of my make-up and how I am, which I a very grateful for. The older boys, the guys who have been in the system for two years, have made it really easy for the younger guys to settle. We backed the All Blacks as kids but my parents used to back England. He only has two caps to his name so far - making his debut last summer against Argentina in San Juan - but could quickly become part of Eddie Jones' plans as the England head coach looks to evolve his national side and emulate the heroes of 2003. They’re really nice guys as well. Now they want to defend their son's controversial switch from New Zealand to England. "We had our jerseys on and a celebratory lunch with some bubbles to mark the occasion," says Nigel. RW Verdict: Isiekwe started four of the five games in England’s U20 Grand Slam-winning campaign. "It must've been the meat-pie sandwiches!" And all the coaches I’ve had have guided me and helped me. 'Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba would have been my sporting heroes growing up - those guys were big for me.