|Weight||85kg (13st 5lb)|
|Caps||Test: 0 Saxons: 3|
A return to the Saxons squad almost three years since he played in all three matches for the triumphant side in the Churchill Cup has rewarded Henry Trinder for his skills and perseverance. In May 2011, he was also a try-scorer three minutes into his senior debut for an England XV against the Barbarians at Twickenham.
Six days later, Henry made another touchdown line on his first Saxons appearance in the Churchill Cup opener against the USA at Franklin’s Gardens. It capped his golden run in which he had bagged six Premiership tries in his final nine matches of the campaign for Gloucester.
Another of the ‘likely lads’ in the Kingsholm production line, he first played in the Premiership against Sale Sharks on March 14, 2008. Swindon-born Henry rose to prominence after excelling for the England U18 team and toured Australia with the squad before playing eight times for the U20 side. While on a dual registration for Moseley, he shared in one of the surprise results of the 2008-09 season when helping the club to beat Leeds Carnegie 23-18 in the EDF Energy National Trophy final at Twickenham.
Educated at Kingshill School and Hartpury College, he played for Cirencester from the age of six. He was a try-scorer in both the opening games in the 2009 U20 Six Nations Championship against Italy, in which he was man of the match, and Wales.
Henry’s years as a mini-junior at Cirencester bring back fond memories. He said: “I started with the under 6s and although I was involved in football at school for a time, I came back and played until colts level. So many people helped me while I was there, including Simon Collyer-Bristow and Chris Davies, who encouraged me to play running rugby.”
His quest to reach Test status does have precedents at the 64-year-old Cirencester club. Steve Mills played five times for England from 1981-84 and fellow Gloucester hooker Neil McCarthy, who won three caps in 1999-2000, are both ‘Ciren’ old boys.
5 points – 1T
2011 Churchill Cup - USA, T, C
Last updated: January 22, 2014