Coming from strong rugby stock, Harry Mallinder is earning distinctions of his own while following in the stud marks of his father, Jim, the former Sale Sharks and England full-back and ex-Northampton Saints director of rugby.
Consistently impressive performances for the Saints saw the playmaker named on his first senior England tour to Argentina in June 2017 and although he didn't win a cap in South America, he was also part of Eddie Jones' 35-man squad for the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations the following January.
Before that, Mallinder had led the U20 side on his debut against Italy in Manchester and scored 70 points in five matches when England lifted the World Rugby U20 Championship for the third time in four years in 2016.
Not only that – he also captained the side in the 45-21 win over the Ireland in the final, scored 25 points from two tries, six conversions and a penalty, and was man of the match.
He studied for A-levels in politics, economics, geography and maths at Rugby, having previously attended Tyntesfield Primary School and Brooklands Primary School, both in Sale, and Spratton Hall in Northamptonshire. He is now studying business economics at the Open University.
Sale-born, he has played for Northampton Wanderers and in the World Club Sevens at Twickenham and made his England U18 debut at centre and contributed two penalty goals and a conversion to the 28-6 win over Scotland at Dalziel RFC in early March 2014. Ten days later, he was a try-scorer for Northampton when they beat the British Army 47-29 in the Mobbs Memorial Match at Franklin’s Gardens.
Harry not only led England U18 to a 62-5 win over Portugal in the FIRA/AER Championship in April 2014 but also scored his maiden try at that level and contributed 30 points in all to his side’s three victories in the tournament that brought the European crown. They included a match-winning penalty with five minutes remaining against Wales in terrible, wet and cold conditions.
He took up the game when 13 at Spratton Hall and was coached at Northampton by the likes of Mark Hopley, Paul Diggin and Dusty Hare. His initial representative honours were for the North U16 side and the Midlands at the same level.
Mallinder helped the Saints to win the U18 Academies League during his younger years and is a sporting all-rounder, having represented Northamptonshire U17 at cricket and Manchester United in a tournament at Old Trafford.
The players he most admires are All Black Sonny Bill Williams and fellow Northampton player and mentor Luther Burrell, and his top venue is Franklin’s Gardens.
70 points – 2T, 15C, 10PG
2016 World Championship – It, S, A, SA, I
56 points – 2T, 11C, 8PG
2014 S FIRA/AER – P, W(R), I South Africa Tour - W, SA
Last updated: 18 January 2018