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Posted Wednesday, April 11th 2018

Harry Randall set for Bristol Rugby switch

One of the most exciting young talents in the country will make the switch to Ashton Gate for the 2018/19 season.

England U20s scrum half Harry Randall has put pen to paper on a two-year deal which sees the 20 year-old arrive from West Country neighbours, Gloucester.

Randall represented Hartpury during the 2017/18 campaign, as a string of livewire displays cemented his reputation as one of the Championship’s standout half-backs.

“We’re delighted to be able to bring a player of Harry’s calibre into the squad for the coming campaign – he’s somebody we have been impressed by for a long time,” said head coach Pat Lam.

“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."

Pat Lam, head coach

Randall in action versus Bristol at Ashton Gate (JMP UK).

“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.

“I’m excited about our scrum half options next season. We’ve secured Nic [Stirzaker], who has captained the Rebels and has over fifty Super Rugby caps. His experience will be invaluable to help Harry progress to, what we hope in the future, will be international honours.

“Andy [Uren] is a young Bristolian who has come through the Academy and shown huge potential, Reiss [Cullen] is a young talent who is developing well, while Blake [Boyland] is another local boy who is impressing for England U18s and will be a big part of our U18s development set-up next season.”

A graduate of Hartpury college, Randall represented England through the age-groups, before playing for his country in the U20s Junior World Championships.

He said: “I’m massively excited about the vision and the ambition that Bristol have in place and I’m looking forward to what the future holds.

“I spoke to Pat Lam about what he wants to achieve, but also how he sees me developing. Bristol play an entertaining brand of rugby and I’m confident it’ll be suited to the way I enjoy playing the game.”

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