- Southend (England)
Over the course of the past two seasons, Mike has quickly shown that he is far more than a young stand-in for skipper Dylan Hartley at the Saints.
Fine form towards the end of the 2013/14 season saw Mike starting in the Premiership final ahead of the club captain, not to mention eight days earlier in the Challenge Cup final.
Dynamic and tenacious, Haywood’s lineout throwing came on leaps and bounds in 2013/14 and he ended the season on a par with Hartley in terms of percentage hit in the Aviva Premiership.
Before making his way into the Wanderers team in 2010/11, the hooker spent his time learning alongside Hartley and forwards coach Dorian West in the club’s Academy.
His hard work and tuition paid off as Mike was called up by England Under-20 coach Rob Hunter and started four of their five wins en route to a Six Nations Grand Slam and Junior World Championship final in 2011.