LONDON IRISH Have confirmed the signature of full-back Henry Arundell to a long-term contract.
Arundell has had a stellar inaugural season with the Exiles’ first team, making 14 appearances in green whilst scoring seven tries.
He started life at Hazelwood as a 14-year-old, joining the Academy whilst studying at the Harrow School to go on and win the Under-18 Academy League title.
Making his Irish debut in a 29-20 win against Saracens in the Premiership Rugby Cup last November, Arundell has since attained his first playing berths and scored in the Gallagher Premiership and EPCR Challenge Cup.
The 19-year-old has also continued his development in the England international set-up, making his debut in the under-20s side in their 2022 Six Nations campaign, becoming the joint-highest try-scorer in the tournament with four.
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Irish’s prospect played an instrumental role in the Club’s domestic and continental cup runs this season, contributing scores to vital try bonus points in the pool stages of each tournament whilst registering a brace against Leicester Tigers in the Premiership Rugby Cup semi-final.
Arundell was nominated for the Rugby Players Association’s ‘15 Under 23’ award for April and was the ‘Player of the Match’ in Irish’s comeback draw against Wasps in Round 24 of the Gallagher Premiership. Henry was also crowned the Land Rover Discovery of the Season at the 2021/22 Premiership Rugby End of Season Awards.
“Henry has given a good account of himself during his first season with senior rugby,” said Declan Kidney, Director of Rugby.
“He has worked hard on the training pitch, and we have seen his efforts pay off.
“We are delighted that his development will continue with London Irish, and we are excited to help him on his journey.”
“It was a no brainer to extend my time at London Irish,” explained Arundell.
“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 that we have at London Irish, the future is exciting and I’m very happy to get the chance to be a part of it.