- Nov 10, 1991
- Southend (England)
At just 20-years-old, Mike has quickly shown that he is far more than a young stand-in for skipper Dylan Hartley at the Saints.
The hooker spent his time learning alongside Hartley, Brett Sharman and Andy Long, displaying enough to warrant regular Wanderers action at the start of 2010/11.
Mike must have impressed suitably as he was called up by England U20s EPS coach Rob Hunter and started four of their five wins en route to a Six Nations Grand Slam.
This was followed in the summer of 2011 by a trip to Italy for the Junior World Championships, where Mike was a mainstay of an Engalnd side that almost went all the way, losing out to a formidable All Blacks team.
Coming off the bench in Aviva Premiership Rugby round 1 later that year, Mike not only won the Saints penalty that proved the winning score, but also won the turnover that ended the match against Gloucester.
Starts in both the league and LV= Cup followed and Mike made the most of his opportunities with powerful displays in the set-piece and at the breakdown to stake his claim for a regular starting berth, only a shoulder injury curtailing his run in the first team.
He was back fit and firing for 2012/13, however, and it was Mike in the number 2 shirt and outplaying Ireland star Rory Best as the Saints secured one of the most memorable victories of the season at Ulster.