For those who follow the Aviva Premiership, Henry Purdy will be a familiar name. Being at home on the wing or in the centres, Purdy utilises a superb combination of speed and power, combining hard running with deft elusiveness when he has ball in hand.
Purdy has been a solid premiership starter since bursting on to the scene and was building a reputation as one-to-watch whilst with the England U20s team throughout the 2013 and 2014 seasons. In fact, there was Henry was featured in an article that focused on stars of the future in 2014, that was published by Rugby World following his on-field exploits.
The hype was understandable as Purdy’s talent was on show for all to see during the 2013 and 2014 Junior World Championship competitions. England won the 2013 tournament and alongside the likes on Jack Nowell, Henry Slade, Anthony Watson and Luke Cowan-Dickie; Purdy helped to engineer a memorable comeback in the final as England triumphed 23-15 over a strong Wales team.
England were not able to replicate their aforementioned success at the 2014 Junior World Championship but once again, Purdy proved influential for the defending champions on their route to reaching the final where they narrowly lost 21-20 to an exceptionally talented French side.
After a move from Leicester to the Cherry and Whites, Purdy would dive straight into helping his new side win silverware, partaking in a Gloucester side that successfully defended their Premiership Rugby 7s title. Following a flurry of 7s action, Purdy made his first team debut and would go on to rack up nine tries in his breakthrough season for Gloucester Rugby.
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