|Weight||103kg (16st 3lb)|
As captain of Rugby School’s first XV and Northampton Saints U18, Harry Mallinder is earning distinctions of his own and following in the stud marks of his father, Jim, the Northampton director of rugby and former Sale Sharks and England full back.
Harry, a member of the Saints Academy, is in his final year of A-level studies in politics, economics, geography and maths, having previously attended Tyntesfield Primary School and Brooklands Primary School, both in Sale, and Spratton Hall in Northamptonshire.
Sale-born, he has played for Northampton Wanderers and in the World Club Sevens at Twickenham and made his England U18 debut at centre and contributed two penalty goals and a conversion to the 28-6 win over Scotland at Dalziel RFC in early March this year. Ten days later, he was a try-scorer for Northampton when they beat the British Army 47-29 in the Mobbs Memorial Match at Franklin’s Gardens.
Harry not only led England U18 to a 62-5 win over Portugal in the FIRA/AER Championship in April but also scored his maiden try at that level and contributed 30 points in all to his side’s three victories in the tournament that brought the European crown. They included a match-winning penalty with five minutes remaining against Wales in terrible, wet and cold conditions.
He took up the game when 13 at Spratton Hall and his current coaches at Northampton are Mark Hopley, Paul Diggin and Dusty Hare. His initial representative honours were for the North U16 side and the Midlands at the same level.
Harry’s aims inside the game are to play for the Saints first team and for England while his other target is to study politics and economics at university and follow a career in that field. He helped the Saints to win the U18 Academies League this season and is a sporting all-rounder, having represented Northamptonshire U17 at cricket and Manchester United in a tournament at Old Trafford.
His most memorable experience has still been on the rugby field – beating Exeter Chiefs in the Academy League final at Allianz Park. The player he most admires is fellow Northampton centre Luther Burrell, now of England, and his top venue is Franklin’s Gardens.
U18 International Record
38 points – 1T, 9C, 5PG
2014 S FIRA/AER – P, W(R), I
Last updated: May 21, 2014