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Cry God for Harry: Randall's journey to the Red Rose

Harry Randall has been called up to the England senior side for the first time ahead of the 2021 Six Nations campaign - take a look back at the scrum half's journey to the biggest stage.


World Cup winner

Randall was given a taste of the Red Rose as an U20 international and was a member of the England side that hosted the 2016 World Rugby U20 Championship, coming off the bench as England defeated Ireland in the final.

During the 2017 Six Nations U20 Championship, Randall scored tries against Wales and Scotland and started in the last game which saw England defeat Ireland to complete the Grand Slam.

Later that year, Randall was back in World Cup action, starting in the final of the 2017 World Rugby U20 Championship, as England were beaten by New Zealand.

Catching the eye

It was during his 2017/18 loan spell with GKIPA Championship side, Hartpury that Randall first caught the eye of Director of Rugby, Pat Lam.

The livewire number nine played a starring role for the newly-promoted side as they pushed Bristol all the way at Ashton Gate - the hosts eventually running out 26-15 winners.

Lam has recently said: “When he played for Hartpury against us in the Championship I said straight away who is this kid? We did a bit of homework and were really keen to get him here. I loved the way that he played."

Becoming a Bear

After impressing Lam during the 2017/18 GKIPA Championship season, the signing of Randall was announced in April 2018, with the scrum half joining up with his new side ahead of the 2018/19 Gallagher Premiership season.

After securing his signature, Lam said: “Harry fits the bill of the sort of players we want at the club; young, English and exciting to watch. He’s a dynamic and intelligent scrum half who is eager to learn and develop at Bristol."

Premiership bow

Randall's Gallagher Premiership debut came in September 2018 in a 44-23 defeat to Saracens at Allianz Park, before making his first Premiership start against former club Gloucester at Kingsholm the following week.

History maker

It took just 15 seconds for Randall to strike on the biggest of stages, as he raced over for the fastest ever European try against Toulon in the Challenge Cup final in Aix-en-Provence.

Immediately from the kick-off, Radradra traded passes with Leiua before sending the supporting Randall over for the opening score, setting the Bears on their way to a maiden European title.

Staking a claim

After a strong finish to the 2019/20 season, including a try in a losing cause against Wasps in the Gallagher Premiership play-off semi-final, Randall was fast becoming the talk of the town.

A sensational display against Harlequins at The Stoop on Boxing Day was followed by a man of the match performance against Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park, with Randall scoring tries in both games - and the 23-year-old was soon being touted for an international call-up ahead of the Six Nations.

England calling

Randall is named in Eddie Jones' 28-man England squad for the upcoming Six Nations campaign, joining Kyle Sinckler, Ben Earl and Max Malins.

It's a first senior international call-up for the Bears number nine.


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