Teimana Harrison may just have reached the tipping point of his career after being picked for training in the England Squad.
Dylan Hartley, his Saints teammate, brought him to play for the team after watching his skills flourish on his high school rugby team in Rotorua, New Zealand in 2011.
The 23-year old uncapped player will play with other uncapped talents such as Sale duo, full-back, Mike Haley and hooker, Tommy Taylor, along with wing, Alex Lewington of relegated London Irish and Newcastle scrum-half, Micky Young, Telegraph lists.
Northampton’s Teimana Harrison currently plays as across back row and has been consistently performing in all of Northampton’s games. Due to injuries being sustained by teammates, Harrison found opportunities playing for a No 8 position while maintaining his openside flanker role.
The team’s director of rugby, Jim Mallinder, has certainly noticed Harrison’s improvement. Talking to DailyMail, Mallinder comments that “Teimana plays well for us at eight but I think at international level seven will be his position. He has been good for us all year. He is not particularly big for a No 8 but he plays above his weight. Some of his carrying was absolutely immense.”
Standing at 6ft 5ins weighing 224 lbs, has given other teams a hard fight for the ball playing one of the mightiest back row. On a separate DailyMail article, Harrison has expressed his goal as filling in for England’s No 7 spot.
“Ever since I showed up, there’s been all this talk about England not having an out-and-out No 7. So yeah, I’m keen to fill that space if I can get the right experience.”
The training squad will practice for three days in Brighton next week starting May 16 to prepare the England team for their Test against Wales at Twickenham on May 29 before going on a tour to test their skills against Australia.