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Harrison Reed '22 selected to rugby team in England

Harrison Reed '22 selected to rugby team in England

Wilbraham & Monson Academy’s Boys’ Rugby player Harrison Reed ’22 has big plans, and those plans are starting to take shape.

In his home country of England, in July, Harrison landed a spot on the Ampthill RFC, a team that plays just one level below the premier league.

Harrison started organized rugby when he was 6. He played for the Olney RFC from ages 8-16, and joined the junior team of Ampthill as a wing when he was home last year due to COVID-19.

Quotes from Harrison

Harrison on why he wanted to try out for Ampthill RFC: “I knew that my skill level would be at a level that they would be looking for and that my work ethic would also catch their eye. It has always been a dream/goal of mine to play rugby at the professional level and this was an opportunity that I could not refuse. Playing pro rugby at such a relatively young age would also set me up well with University options here in the U.K. as I now have many of the top university rugby programs in the country wanting me to come in.”

Harrison’s reaction when he learned he was selected to the team: “I was overwhelmed with emotion when I found out I had finally achieved what I had always dreamed. I remember getting the news and going straight to my parents to let them know, and they were overjoyed for me and the opportunity that I had been given. Almost a month on, I still feel absolutely buzzing about the whole thing and what the future could bring.”

Harrison regarding his future rugby plans: “I aim to take my professional rugby career as far as I can. At the moment I plan to play for one season and then go to university at Brunel University (London), which has a direct link to Ealing Trailfinders, which finished first in the championship last year. If I am offered a contract while at Brunel I have the opportunity to focus on professional rugby or carrying on my studies alongside but I will have to tackle that hurdle when I get to it. The goal is to play for a premiership team and then see where I can go from there.”