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It took just one game for Leicester Tigers for the Independent’s David Llewellyn to predict a glorious England future for this jet-heeled wing.
Ezulike had scored in the fifth minute of his debut in the 1998-99 season of the Premiership and was promptly given the full interview treatment, in which he was preposterously touted as an England prospect.
His coach at the time, Dean Richards, helped fan the flames with this assessment: "Nnamdi has the potential go all the way. His pace is unbelievable, but it is not just a matter of speed, he also has good hands."
“I would love to play for England,” Ezulike told Llewellyn later in the interview, and the author was convinced.
"A few more tries, an armful more of big hits and all that could change," wrote Llewellyn. "And when, not if, it does, do not say you weren't warned. The world is going to like Ezulike."
He never won a single cap, spending two years at the Tigers before another two at London Irish and then a spell at Worcester, where his career ended at age 27 with injury.
Ezulike later told The Rugby Paper:
I needed an operation and funnily enough Jonathan Webb, the ex-England full-back, was the surgeon. Worcester paid my medical costs and helped me get back fit but didn’t offer me a new contract. Being 27, I felt I should get a proper job and I’m a foreign exchange broker now. I was not someone who only thought about playing rugby. I stumbled on it, took my chance and enjoyed it totally.