|Weight||110kg (17st 4lb)|
Millfield-educated and captain of Sale Jets in 2010-11, Henry Thomas changed his geographical location from South to North and studied economics at Manchester University. He made his England U20 debut in the 26-20 win over Wales at Parc y Scarlets in early February 2011 and four months later had the distinction of scoring tries against Ireland and New Zealand in the Junior World Championship in Italy.
Kingston-born Henry won his first two England caps as a replacement against Argentina last June and his third came against Scotland in February this year, a week after he was unused off the bench against France. He was previously educated at King Edward’s School, Bath before going to Millfield, where he led the first team in his final year and helped the Sevens squad to lift ten titles in two years, including the prestigious Rosslyn Park National tournament twice.
His most memorable match while at school, partly for the wrong reasons, was for Millfield when they lost 25-22 to Bromsgrove in 2008. He said: “We should have won with the team we had.”
His career has been nurtured by a series of mentors beginning with his father Nigel, a former London Welsh player. Others have been Peter Anglesea at Sale, school coaches John Brimacombe and John Mallett, scrummaging expert Ian Peel, conditioner Neil Taylor and Peter Walton, of England U18.
Henry first played for Bath minis at the age of six and went on to represent England U16, U18 and U19 before joining the U20 squad for a training week in Portugal.
A former No. 8, he also represented England U16 at cricket and by the end of February this year had played in 51 Aviva Premiership matches for the Sharks and had scored two tries against London Irish and one against Exeter Chiefs.
2013 Arg (1R, 2R) 2014 S(R), I(R)
Last updated: February 27, 2014