A former Wales U16 captain, Slough-born Harry Randall has switched allegiance to his native England and is a member of the Gloucester Senior Academy. His England U20 debut was against Italy in Manchester in June last year and he not only figured in all four subsequent matches in the World Rugby Championship but produced an inspiring performance off the bench in the final. His maiden try for the side was from an opportunist ‘tap and go’ in the victory over Wales at Colwyn Bay last February and he scored a second try against Scotland from Zach Mercer’s sublime offload. Harry also played in all five matches in this year’s World Championship in Georgia.
He had played for the Cherry & Whites in a pre-season match against Exeter Chiefs soon after joining the club, having been with the Scarlets from 2013/15. Harry is studying for a BTEC at Hartpury College, having attended Tycroes Primary, Amman Valley Comprehensive and Llandovery College in Wales.
He started playing when five for the Tycroes club before being with the Scarlets at U16 and U18 level and has already won silverware with Hartbury in the AASE final when he was man of the match. Harry was also included in the Rugby World magazine’s British All Stars Team of the Term in January 2015.
His exploits for Llandovery were not only against Welsh opposition in the Colleges League but also against some of England’s leading sides. His swift service, darting runs, clever kicking and reading of the game were to the fore when Llandovery beat Sedbergh 41-20. College coach Iestyn Thomas said: “We all know he has lightning pace but his judgment of when to run and when not to do so has made him a better all-round player.” Ironically, he was man of the match when Wales U16 beat their England counterparts 25-6 in April 2013.
Harry’s ambitions are to win Test caps for England, represent the British & Irish Lions and become a qualified sports teacher. Dad Joby playedfor Slough and Wasps and Harry said: “My brothers Jake and Charlie helped me to improve in training and I’ve learned a lot from them through their experience in the game.” His sister Bethany has been involved in gymnastics.
He enjoys watching all sports and spending time with family and friends while his favourite ground is the college’s legendary Tredegar Close. His father, along with boxer Ricky Hatton and Australia’s Will Genia were the sportsmen he most admired while growing up. Harry added: “I like to think I have the same style as All Black Aaron Smith. He’s the best No.9 in the world in my opinion and that’s what I’m aiming to become.”
Harry describes himself as “annoying, energetic and competitive” and his favourite ‘go to’ holiday destination is Australia, though he added: “I’ve not been there yet.” On the culinary front, chicken Kiev and sweet potato is top of his list and he enjoys listening to R & B and to hip hop artist J Cole.
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Last updated: 19 June 2017