Former Maidenhead RFC player Ben Harris has revealed how he is “living the dream” after making his debut for England during the HSBC World Series in Las Vegas in March.
He was yet to make an appearance for his country in the World Series before the tournament in the USA, but his call up for the competition led to the 19-year-old making two appearances; against South Africa and Australia. England eventually finished fifth in the tournament.
Harris was unsurprisingly thrilled with the chance. Speaking to the Maidenhead Advertiser, he said: “It was my first time going away with the senior squad and experiencing the build-up to a World Series tournament. I didn’t have any expectations of what to expect.”
Massive congratulations to former 1st XV rugby captain Ben Harris who was capped for England 7’s this weekend in Las Vegas. 👊🏻 pic.twitter.com/DUA1CgQix0
— RGSHW Sport (@RGSHWSport) March 4, 2019
The young winger went on to talk about making his debut. He said: “I came on against South Africa to get my first cap at the World Series, and it was amazing. It was a once-in-a-lifetime feeling of alertness and adrenaline. The atmosphere of playing in a stadium was new to me.”
Although this was his first appearance at the HSBC World Series, Harris has been involved with the seven’s team since May 2018 and made his debut in Russia during the Rugby Europe Sevens Grand Prix Series.
He continued: “Running out and playing alongside some of the best sevens players’ in the world and some terrific friends is a massive honour that I’ll never stop being grateful for.
“Playing for England is a goal I’ve strived towards ever since I was a child and to be living the dream isn’t something everyone can say, so I’m just grateful really.”
Harris will likely play a part during the upcoming leg of the HSBC World Series in Hong Kong. The competition which begins on the 5th April will see England compete in the group stages against Wales, Spain, and the number-one-ranked side, the USA.
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