England rugby’s breakout star Henry Arundell signs new long-term contract with London Irish, just weeks after earning his first England call-up from Eddie Jones
- Henry Arundell, 19, has signed a new long-term deal at London Irish
- The winger gained plaudits for his impressive running skills and try scoring
- He is uncapped for England but has been named squads but Eddie Jones
- England head coach Jones has challenged Arundell to earn a World Cup place
Henry Arundell – English rugby’s breakout star this season – has signed a long-term contract with London Irish.
The 19-year-old has burst onto the scene to earn international selection with Eddie Jones’ England on the back of a series of stellar displays for Irish.
He was named in an England training squad for the first time in May, and was backed by Jones to fight for a World Cup place ahead of the 2023 tournament.
Henry Arundell has had a breakout season in English rugby at just 19 years of age
He received his first international call-up in May from England head coach Eddie Jones
Arundell has quickly built up a reputation for scoring sensational individual tries with his 114-metre effort for Irish against Toulon in the European Challenge Cup his best to date.
He is set to be a part of England’s squad to tour Australia this summer and this week took home the Premiership’s Discovery of the Year award at the league’s end-of-season dinner.
‘It was a no brainer to extend my time at London Irish,’ Arundell said.
‘The club has given me so much already in my young career and I want to repay their faith in me in the years to come.
‘With the squad and coaches we have at London Irish, the future is exciting and I’m very happy to get the chance to be a part of it.’
Arundell picked up the Premiership’s Discovery of the Year award at the end of the season
Arundell has made 14 appearances for Irish this season and scored seven tries. He has been a part of the last two England training squads.
He started life at Hazelwood as a 14-year-old, joining the Irish academy whilst studying at Harrow School. He went on to help them win the Under-18 academy league title.
Arundell made his senior Irish debut in a 29-20 win against Saracens in the Premiership Rugby Cup last November and has since featured regularly in both the Premiership and in Europe.
England head coach Eddie Jones is a big fan of Arundell and has called him up to England
His performance in Irish’s draw with Wasps catapulted him to the attention of England head coach Jones.
Declan Kidney, Irish’s director of rugby, said: ‘Henry has given a good account of himself during his first season with senior rugby.
‘He has worked hard on the training pitch and we have seen his efforts pay off. ‘We are delighted his development will continue with London Irish and we are excited to help him on his journey.’
Read the first big interview with Henry Arundell only in Sunday’s Mail on Sunday
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