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Harry Randall to use his ‘super strengths’ in bid for England jersey

Harry Randall passes the ball during an England Training session at Pennyhill Park on June 04, 2024 in Bagshot, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens - RFU/The RFU Collection via Getty Images)

Harry Randall will watch two rival England scrum-halves go head to head at Twickenham on Saturday confident that his own unique skill set is valued by Steve Borthwick.


While Northampton’s Alex Mitchell and Ben Spencer of Bath have been preparing for their duel in the Gallagher Premiership final, Bristol’s Randall has been in England camp looking to push his claim to a place on the summer tour to Japan and New Zealand.

The 26-year-old won the last of his six England caps in 2022, but his emergence as the catalyst behind Bristol’s swashbuckling revival this season have made him a contender for the upcoming three Tests.

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Improving his chances of playing a role against the Brave Blossoms and All Blacks is that his unrivalled instinct for attack would enhance England if they continue to play with the freedom shown against Ireland and France at the end of the Six Nations.

“Steve is really clear in that he’s all for players coming in and showing their super strengths. That’s ultimately why players get picked,” Randall said.

“Of course every player has little work-ons and ways to keep developing, but most importantly he’s very keen on players coming in and being red hot at their super strengths.

“I love playing attacking rugby. I’d like to think it’s an area of strength of mine to be aggressive in attack and challenge teams around those fringes.


“It was really exciting watching the team against Ireland just as a fan of England rugby. And then going out to France and challenging them the way they did, it was really exciting.”

Apart from Mitchell and Spencer, Randall is also competing with Raffi Quirke and Jack van Poortvliet for the three scrum-half slots available in the touring squad.

“It’s a great position to be in for English rugby. You’ve got plenty of nines stacking up, pushing to play for England. What more do you want?” Randall said.

“Some people see it as a bit unfortunate, but it’s not. We’ve got great nines, strength in depth, we’re all pushing each other and ultimately it’s only going to make you a better player.


“We’ve been working really well together and it’s about working together and making each other better for the team.”


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Tom 17 days ago

He's gotta be in the 23. He's a fantastic scrum half and there's no one better in England to inject some temp off the bench. Even if Mitchell gets injured I'd back him to step up, his game is much more rounded than it was a last time he got picked for England, his kicking is much improved.

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Mzilikazi 2 hours ago
Is Ireland versus South Africa a battle for the title of ‘world champions’?

Very good article, Nic, and I find agreement with what you write virtually 100%. I think this two mach series has increasingly become one which will be very difficult for Ireland to win. After the first game of the last 6N, I would have been very full of confidence taking on the Boks in SA. France beaten by a big margin in France, it looked as if Ireland had emerged in fine form from the World Cup, despite the very narrow loss to the AB’s. But after that game, a slide began, ending with the defeat to England. Ireland were very fortunate to win this years 6N ! And as you so fully expose, this has not been a good season for Leinster, or indeed, in my view, for any Irish province. The Leinster loos to the Bulls, and then Munster letting a glorious chance slip to the Glasgow Warriors down at Thomond. Man, that one will really hurt. And both Connacht and Ulster have at times looked very poor this seaso, bith heavily beaten on occassion. The loss of both Gibson Park and Keenan are huge blows, especially Gibson Park. And there is really only one clear class 10 in the touring party, Jack Crowley, and he is still a very young player learning his trade. If he goes down, heaven help Ireland. And in my view, Ireland do not have a good scrummaging front row, SA do, and in great depth too. But despite all this doom and gloom, I always believe my team can win. Not that they will win, just can ! Ireland will still field what is the best and most talented team overall that I have seen in my lifetime. But the coaching group will really have to step up, no awful decisions like the one made against the AB’s in the QF….keeping the totally spent and poorly performing(on the day) Sexton on for the full 80mins, leaving Crowley on the sidelines. Ireland should never have lost that game !

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Shaylen 5 hours ago
Is Ireland versus South Africa a battle for the title of ‘world champions’?

Ireland have all the tools required to hurt SA. They develop quick ball, hold onto the ball for long periods, stretch the game when its on, have powerful mobile forwards, a good kicking game and they can hold their own in the scrum. They also can force turnovers regularly and in general do well at the breakdown. When Munster, the Ospreys and Glasgow all won games in SA this year against the Bulls and Stormers they did just that and won. It is also the reason why Ireland won the game at the world cup last year. The problem for Ireland is that SA have all the tools required to hurt them as well and hurt them a great deal more than England did in the Six Nations. They are physical and powerful at the set piece, they rush up and counter the Irish attacking system and they can really attack the breakdown and slow your ball down. Their counterattacking threat is also a big weapon and they score many tries from turnover turning defence into offence in a second. Toulouse and the Bulls nailed Leinster in this way and Glasgow did the same thing to Munster. So the series will be really interesting because both sides are so good at countering each other. Interested to see what kind of surprises Tony Brown springs and how the SA game develops. Feel like SA have more potential to surprise Ireland but then a new coaching set up as well as the fact that Japanese and foreign based players tend to take about 5 to 6 weeks to get up to speed might work in Irelands favour. SA have shipped at least one game in 4 of the last 5 June/July test windows going back to 2018 for this exact reason.

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