|Weight||102kg (16st 0lb)|
A product of Skinners’ School in Tunbridge Wells, Harry Sloan has become a member of the Harlequins senior squad for 2014-15, having previously been in the club’s academy. He made his senior debut in November 2012 against Northampton Saints in the LV= Cup when he not only played for the full 80 minutes but was also a try-scorer.
Harry has also been on loan to Worthing, having spent all his childhood with Cranbrook RFC. Harry, who was born in Tunbridge Wells, represented Kent through the age groups, London U16 and U18, played for England Clubs and Schools U18 and captained Harlequins in Junior Academy tournaments.
His England U20 debut was alongside Sam Hill at centre in the 15-6 win over Scotland at Plymouth Albion in February 2013 but he twisted an ankle and ruptured two ligaments so was unavailable for the rest of Six Nations. Harry returned for the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship, started all five games and was a try-scorer against South Africa. His second touchdown was in the final game of the 2014 Six Nations when England beat Italy 52-5 at Calvisano and he added another in the 42-15 win over Ireland in this year’s IRB Junior World Championship semi-final.
He has been mentored by fellow Harlequin Jordan Turner-Hall since his school coaches Nick Oldham and Simon Jervis played an important part in his early development. He said: “My dad Charles used to play for the Cranbrook first team and he helped me in the right direction.
“I toured South Africa when I was 13. It was one of my best experiences inside or outside rugby.” A former tennis player, he reached number eight in the LTA county rankings for Kent.
Harry admires Sonny Bill Williams for his style of play and outrageous offloads and also respects Brian O’Driscoll, “a class act in both defence and attack and a great leader. I’ve yet to play at Twickenham but there always seems to be a great atmosphere there.”
U20 International Record
15 points – 3T
2013 S World Championship – F, SA, USA, NZ, W 2014 I, W, It World Championship – It, A, I, SA
Last updated: July 3, 2014