As a recent captain of Rugby School’s first XV and Northampton Saints U18, Harry Mallinder is earning distinctions of his own while following in the stud marks of his father, Jim, the Northampton director of rugby and former Sale Sharks and England full back. Before making his first senior tour to Argentina in June this year, he had led the U20 side on his debut against Italy in Manchester a year ago and scored 70 points in five matches when England lifted the World Rugby Championship for the third time in four years. 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, was man of the match and player of the tournament.
Harry, a member of the Saints Academy, 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 his current coaches at Northampton are Mark Hopley, Paul Diggin and Dusty Hare. His initial representative honours were for the North U16 side and the Midlands at the same level.
Harry, who has played in 29 Premiership games for the Saints and scored 44 points, is aiming for a first England cap while his other target is to study politics and economics at university and eventually follow a career in that field. He helped the Saints to win the U18 Academies League two seasons ago and is a sporting all-rounder, having represented Northamptonshire U17 at cricket and Manchester United in a tournament at Old Trafford.
His most memorable experience has still been on the rugby field – beating Exeter Chiefs in the Academy League final at Allianz Park. 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 June 2017