The burgeoning career of Harry Williams has been shaped by Wasps, Loughborough University, Nottingham and more recently Jersey and Exeter Chiefs, who recruited him for the 2015/16 season on a two-year contract. A former pupil at Whitgift School, he was a team-mate of former England U18 player Ben Ransom in a highly successful junior team at the Old Elthamians club and went on to play a prominent part when winning his first two England caps against Argentina in June this year. He went on to appear in all three subsequent matches in the Old Mutual Wealth Series and his powerful carry helped to create the first of Elliot Daly’s two tries against Samoa in the final game.
Exeter head coach Rob Baxter said when signing him in April 2015: “What we’ve seen is a big, strong guy who scrummages really well. Overall the package is there to make a very good Premiership forward.” Two years on, Lambeth-born Harry was chosen for his first England tour to Argentina, having already played for the national students’ side and started the 2016 Premiership final in which his side lost 28-20 to Saracens at Twickenham Stadium.
Harry reckons that spending a year with Jersey’s ‘prop school’ helped him to progress. He followed fellow front row forwards Richard Barrington, Sam Lockwood and Elvis Taione by moving to the Premiership from the Channel Islanders. He has since made 39 Premiership appearances and scored his maiden try in the 36-14 win over Newcastle Falcons at Sandy Park last February.
He said: “I was really excited by the move to Exeter. When I looked around the ground, I was blown away by the facilities and how high-tech everything was. It’s an unbelievable facility.” The South American adventure added another broadening experience to his playing aspirations.
2017 Arg (1,2), Arg(R), A(R), Sam(R)
Last updated: 26 November 2017