From Ivybridge RFC to England playmaker, Henry Slade has always strived to be one of the most skilful players on a rugby pitch.
Ivybridge is where Henry began his club rugby but he had already shown glimpses of his future success, helping Plymouth College become National Preparatory School champions in 2004.
The young back went on to further successes with Plymouth College and also at Ivybridge, where he helped lift three consecutive Devon Cup titles from U14 upwards.
Henry progressed to Exeter University, represented South West U18 and earned his first national call-up, debuting for England U18 in July 2010.
Playing alongside future England players Jack Nowell, Luke Cowan-Dickie and Anthony Watson, Henry scored 16 points in the 64-0 win over Italy U19 in February 2011 and made three appearances on tour in Australia in August 2011.
The Plymouth-born playmaker made his England U20 debut off the bench in the 40-9 win over Wales at Twickenham Stoop in February 2012 and landed three conversions in the 42-7 victory over Italy at Rovigo.
As he developed in the Exeter Chiefs academy, Henry was on dual-registration with Plymouth Albion and amassed 65 points in the 2013 RBS U20 Six Nations after being man of the match against Scotland in the opening game.
Henry added another 55 points in the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship, including 13 when England secured the title for the first time by beating Wales 23-15 at Vannes.
Henry’s 13 matches for England U20 brought 133 points, comprising a try, 28 conversions, 23 penalties and a drop goal before he made his Saxons debut off the bench against Ireland Wolfhounds in January 2014.
In May 2015, he was awarded RPA Young Player of the Year, just months before illuminating his senior England debut with a skilful pass to assist Anthony Watson’s try in a Rugby World Cup warm-up match.
The 6ft 2in versatile back featured in the World Cup that year, scoring his maiden Test try against Uruguay, and played in the Aviva Premiership final against Saracens in 2016.
Further caps followed against Fiji and Argentina before making his Six Nations debut against Italy in February 2017 and winning the Aviva Premiership title with Exeter in May of that year, although Slade and the Chiefs were unable to defend their title in May 2018 as they were bested by Saracens at Twickenham Stadium.
Henry impressed on tour to Argentina in the summer of 2017, starting both matches, and faced the same opposition in the autumn internationals, claiming his second try against Samoa.
10 points – 2T
2015 F World Cup - U 2016 Fj(R), Arg(R) 2017 It(R), Arg (1,2), Arg, A(R), Sam 2018 SA (1,2,3)
Last updated: 24 June 2018