亨利-阿倫德爾:英格蘭小將將在周六迎戰澳大利亞

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亨利-阿倫德爾:英格蘭小將將在周六迎戰澳大利亞

最後更新於.來自橄欖球聯盟部分

如果說那個90米的得分是這位19歲的年輕人進入主流的標誌,那麼他在橄欖球的後方已經掀起了類似的浪潮,有一段時間了。

今年2月,在他為倫敦愛爾蘭隊首次亮相的幾個月後,他以類似的風格砍開了蘇格蘭20歲以下的球員。

三個月後,英格蘭隊主教練埃迪-瓊斯在看台上觀看了阿倫德爾在賽季末對陣黃蜂隊的比賽中以無恥的切入、追擊和得分的方式點燃了比賽。

然而,本周末將是最大的舞台,而不是小屏幕和小場地。

瓊斯最初選擇阿倫德爾作為澳大利亞之旅的學徒球員,在珀斯對陣小袋鼠的第一次測試中,他被列入替補名單。

即使是他的老教練,在攝像機到來之前就已經看到他大放異彩,也對他的崛起感到驚訝。但是,話又說回來,他們也習慣了阿倫德爾迷惑他們的期望。

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對於剛出校門的第一年來說,這是很不可思議的事情

Patrick O'Grady第一次看到Arundell的表現是在14歲的時候,他剛進入倫敦愛爾蘭隊的學院。

"奧格雷迪告訴BBC體育:"你現在看到的是那些遠距離的嘗試,但他在很小的時候就會在球場上做非常類似的事情。

奧格雷迪告訴BBC體育:"你可以直接看到他有那種自然的運動能力、速度、力量和擊敗防守者的能力。

"我記得當我們在18歲以下的學院聯賽中比賽時。亨利當時在打兩年級的比賽,他在連續幾周內打進了兩個球,這兩個球是彼此的翻版。

"第一次是在客場對布里斯托爾;他在邊路拿球,切入並追過他的對角線,抓住球並繞過後衛,在角落裡得分。

"一周後,他在客場對埃克塞特的比賽中也有同樣的表現。

"他有足夠的技巧和柔軟的觸感,將球落在腳下,執行一個完美的加權踢球,並有足夠的腳法和速度來擊敗最後一名防守者,所有這些都是在與大幾歲的孩子比賽時進行的,這讓人大開眼界。

"但我沒有預料到的是,他在男子比賽中的影響如此之快、如此明顯。

"看到他在離開學校的第一年所做的一切是相當不可思議的。"

有明顯的屬性。有明顯的屬性,即那些會傳播的東西。

但奧格雷迪看到了更多。瓊斯想要的那種東西,在下面。

"他說:"從高光片中,人們看到的是速度、力量、腳步、力量、步伐和加速度,但如果你把這些剝離出來,他的比賽還有很多更精細的技巧。

他說:"他的接球傳球非常好,他可以用雙腳踢出同樣好的球,在壓力情況下,這些技能會凸顯出來。我肯定看到他為球隊帶來了很多東西,而且不僅僅是那種明顯的方式。"

這是兩支勢均力敵的球隊--直到亨利拿到球為止

肖恩-特納是巴斯的貝肯克里夫學校的橄欖球主任。

在阿倫德爾的父親工作發生變化並獲得獎學金之前,他曾執教過阿倫德爾,當時他14歲,被帶到倫敦。

"我們只是巴斯的一所普通的公立學校,認真對待橄欖球,"特納說。

"亨利加入了一個非常好的年級組,但即使在那時,他也很明顯是更好的一個,如果不是最好的。

"他在後場拿球,會有能力抬頭掃描空間,看到哪裡有弱點,就會去進攻。

"這對那個年齡段的人來說是非常了不起的。"

在阿倫德爾轉到哈羅學校後,特納的任務是努力消除他幫助磨練出來的威脅。

"我們會在米德爾塞克斯七人制比賽或羅斯林公園七人制比賽中遇到他,"特納回憶說。

我們在米德爾塞克斯七人制足球賽或羅斯林公園七人制足球賽上與他相遇,"特納回憶說,"在亨利拿到球之前,總是兩隊勢均力敵,然後他會做一些荒唐的事情。

"我們的孩子們會聳聳肩,因為他們對此沒有什麼辦法。

"如果我們輸了,但也沒有那麼糟糕,因為至少亨利贏了。"

如果他的老隊友們在球場上努力與阿倫德爾打成一片,他確保自己在球場外與他們保持聯繫。

貝肯-克里夫的球隊即使沒有他的才華也很強大。麥肯齊-格雷厄姆和阿奇-馬格斯此後已簽約巴斯隊。威爾-莫里斯在達勒姆大學的橄欖球比賽中表現出色。

2018年,當Beechen Cliff在特威克納姆贏得15歲以下學校花瓶比賽時,阿倫德爾在他們身邊,即使他不再是他們的隊員。

"在我們與哈羅隊比賽之後,他總是會來和我們聊天,在2018年那場決賽之前,他和所有的男孩都有聯繫,給他們很多鼓勵,確保他們知道他和他們在一起,"特納說。

"他沒有任何自負,他是一個偉大的小伙子。"

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If that 90m score was the 19-year-old's entry into the mainstream, he has been making similar waves in rugby's backwaters for a while.

In February, a couple of months after his debut for London Irish, he slashed open Scotland's under-20s in similar style.

Three months later and England head coach Eddie Jones was in the stands to watch Arundell light up an end-of-season dead rubber against Wasps with a impudent chip, chase and score.

This weekend however is going to be about the biggest stage, rather than the small screens and modest venues.

Jones, having initially picked Arundell as an apprentice player for the tour of Australia, has named him on the bench for the first Test against the Wallabies in Perth.

Even his old coaches, who have seen him shine long before the cameras arrived, are surprised by his rise. But, then again, they are also used to Arundell confounding their expectations. • None Lawes to captain England in first Test • None What should England fans look out for in Australia?

'For a first year out of school it is pretty incredible'

Patrick O'Grady first saw Arundell in action as a 14-year-old, freshly inducted into London Irish's Academy.

"You see those long-range tries now, but he would do very similar things on the field from a very young age," O'Grady told BBC Sport.

"Straight away you could see he had that natural athleticism, pace, power and ability to beat defenders.

"I remember when we were playing in the under-18 Academy League. Henry was playing two years up, and he scored two tries, in successive weeks, which were carbon copies of each other.

"The first was away to Bristol; he got the ball on the edge, chipped and chased over his opposite wing, caught the ball and rounded the full-back to score in the corner.

"A week later did exactly the same Exeter away.

"To have the skill and soft touch to drop the ball on to his foot, execute a perfectly weighted kick, get on to the end of it and have the footwork and pace to beat the last defender, all while playing against lads a couple of years older, was pretty eye-opening.

"What I didn't foresee though is him having an impact in the men's game so quickly and significantly.

"To see what he had done in his first year out of school is quite incredible."

There are the obvious attributes. The stuff that goes viral.

But O'Grady has seen more. The sort of things that Jones will want down under.

"From the highlight reels, people see the pace, power, footwork, strength, the step and acceleration, but if you strip that away, there are a lot of finer skills to his game," he said.

"His catch-pass is very good, he can kick off both feet equally well, and in pressure situations they come to the fore. I definitely see him adding a lot to the team, and not just in that obvious way."

'It was two even teams - until Henry got the ball'

Sean Turner is the director of rugby at Beechen Cliff School in Bath.

He coached Arundell before a change in Arundell's father's job combined with a scholarship offer took him, aged 14, to London.

"We are just a normal state school in Bath that takes its rugby seriously," Turner said.

"Henry joined a very good year group, but even then it was clear he was one of the better ones, if not the best.

"He would get the ball in the backfield and would have the ability to look up and scan the space and see where the weaknesses were to attack.

"That is remarkable for someone at that age."

After Arundell switched to Harrow School, Turner then had the task of trying to nullify the threat he had helped hone.

"We would come up against him at the Middlesex Sevens or Rosslyn Park Sevens," Turner remembered.

"It would always be two even teams until Henry got the ball and then he would do something ridiculous.

"Our boys would shrug their shoulders because there is not a lot they could do about it.

"If we lost though it would not be so bad because at least Henry got to win."

If his old team-mates struggled to get to grips with Arundell on the pitch, he made sure he kept in touch with them off it.

Beechen Cliff's team was strong even without his talents. Mackenzie Graham and Archie Maggs have since signed for Bath. Will Morris is excelling in university rugby with Durham.

When Beechen Cliff won the under-15 Schools Vase competition in 2018 at Twickenham, Arundell was on their side, even if he was no longer in their side.

"He would always come and chat with us after we played Harrow and he was in touch with all the boys before that final in 2018, giving them lots of encouragement, making sure they knew he was with them," said Turner.

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