There was some excellent news today as old boy Harry Randall was called into the England Guinness Six Nations squad – his first selection – where he will join Jonny May, Dan Robson, Ellis Genge and Jonny Hill in a quintet of Hartpury alumni.
It is a fitting reward for Randall, who has produced some sparkling performances for his club, Bristol Bears, in the past couple of seasons. He previously played for England at Under-20 level.
During his time at Hartpury, he won both AASE and BUCS Super Rugby winners’ medals. Indeed he was Man of the Match in the inaugural Super Ruby final at Twickenham in 2017, where his two second-half tries contributed to a fine win over a powerful Exeter University line-up.
Upon leaving Hartpury he signed an academy contract at Gloucester Rugby, before Pat Lam had the foresight to recognise his developing talent and whisk him down the M5 to Ashton Gate. During his time with Gloucester he spent a successful season playing for Hartpury in the Greene King IPA Championship, having previously seen some games during our march to the National 1 title in 2016-17.
Five is the joint-highest number of old boys we’ve ever had named in an England squad. It has happened once previously when May, Robson, Genge, Hill and Jason Woodward all travelled to South Africa in 2018.
Congratulations to Harry and all to all of our international squad members!