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Kiwi Harrison tipped for England call

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 10/04/2016

Teimana Harrison of Northampton breaks with the ball during the European Rugby Champions Cup quarter final match against Saracens © Getty Teimana Harrison of Northampton breaks with the ball during the European Rugby Champions Cup quarter final match against Saracens Opotiki-born loose forward Teimana Harrison is in contention for an England jumper on their June tour to Australia.

The 23-year-old backrower, whose father was born in Derby, was a standout performer as his English club side Northampton lost 29-20 to Saracens in their Champions Cup quarter-final.

The New Zealander, who joined Saints' academy in 2011 after being scouted by Dylan Hartley, has his sights on the developmental Saxons' summer tour to South Africa but club coach Jim Mallinder think he could make the full squad.

"He's been good for us all year. I'd say he should be on the tour to Australia - I definitely think that," Mallinder said.

The 106kg Harrison has been playing No.8 for his club side but Mallinder thinks he would be best suited as an international openside flanker.

"He's not particularly big for a number eight but he plays above his weight.

"He's been improving for us over the last few years and I think we've seen a level of consistent performance from his this year to suggest he can go on and play at a higher level.

"I think he's probably best for England at seven," he said.

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