Huddersfield born Harry Newman has just been awarded his first international rugby league cap. The 23 year old Leeds Rhinos centre made his England debut against Tonga at St Helens. England won the first of the three scheduled autumn tests against the Pacific islanders 22-18.
Tonga held the lead in the first half, Starford Toa and Tyson Frizell scoring tries after Toby King’s opener for England. A further try for England by debutant Mikey Lewis made the scores level at the interval.
In the second second half two tries by England wingman Tom Johnstone restored England’s lead but a late score by Tolutao Koula ensured a nail biting finish. England saw the game out against a very determined and physical team who produced rugby to belie their tier 2 status and whet the appetite for the second test which takes place at Huddersfield’s John Smith’s Stadium on 28th October.
Harry began playing rugby in the Huddersfield RUFC Age Grade, progressing to Academy level before signing pro with the Rhinos. He is pictured third from the left in the back row with the 2017 Huddersfield RUFC Academy team. To his right is Titus Gwaze who was capped at Under 17 level for England RL and went on to play the 13 man game professionally. Also in the photo are Toby Walker, Arthur Wilkinson and Harry Woodhouse who have all played First XV rugby with Huddersfield RUFC.
Congratulations Harry from all at HRUFC.