Sharing in Saracens’ 23-19 triumph over Northampton Saints in the exhilarating 2015 Academy final at Allianz Park is the proudest moment in the developing career of Ralph Adams-Hale. He has won seven England caps – six at U20 level in the 42-7 win over Italy in February last year, against Scotland and Ireland this March, three in the World Championship in Georgia and another in the France match for the U19 side in April 2016.
Born at Wheathamstead, Hertfordshire, he took up the game when five at Harpenden RFC, joined Saracens two years ago and, on his debut, played the full 80 minutes in a first-team friendly match against Worcester Warriors in October 2015. He has been on loan to London Scottish and appeared in his first senior games for the club in the British & Irish Cup wins over Ulster A and Cardiff Blues Premier Select.
He was educated at Kimpton Primary, Hitchin and Roundwood Park in Harpenden where he captained the first XV in his final year. His mentors, past and present, are Will Hutchins at Harpenden, Matt Hunter at Roundwood and Don Barrell at Saracens. Ralph has completed his second year of studying physics at King’s College, London and rates receiving an offer from Cambridge University to read natural sciences as his best achievement outside the game.
Ralph said: “When I started in the junior academy at Saracens, I was invited to go with the Storm team to play for them in Romania. It made me realise that I had the ability to be involved on a full-time basis. My mum Fenella had been keen to introduce me to rugby and she and my dad Peter ‘shipped’ me wherever I needed to be.” He has a sister, Ellie, and lives in St Albans.
Away from the field, he enjoys playing computer games, watching football and NFL and his best holiday destination is the United States. He added: “I like all sorts of music but have a soft spot for Katy Perry. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is the top film for me and I also watch Game of Thrones. Cottage pie is my favourite meal.”
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Last updated: 19 June 2017