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Mike Brown: Henry Arundel has the magic of all black stars like Christian Cullen.


Mike Brown: Henry Arundel has the magic of All Blacks star Christian Cullen … he has a long way to go but don’t let him out of England’s World Cup plans.

  • Brown claims that full back Arundel has all the tools to become an international superstar
  • His speed, strength and footwork are similar to those of former Black Star Christian Cullen
  • The London Irish player could soon be called a ‘finisher’ by Eddie Jones.
  • Brown is not surprised to see Arundel’s specialty for England in the World Cup

I couldn’t believe what I was seeing when Henry Arundel tore down the Toulon defense last week. It was like watching Christian Cullen, one of the best players to pull off all the black jerseys.

There is a lot of natural potential. Arundel spins at high speeds, throws at some footwork, drops his speed to almost the same spot and then goes again.

His slow pace and fast return speed are really impressive.

The full back attempted a breakaway against the Wasps for the London Irish earlier this month

Whether he is playing for England U20s or London Irish, Henry Arundel is an exciting watch.

You see a lot of incredibly fast athletes who struggle to beat defenders at high speeds. The movement of that body in motion sets Cullen apart from the rest. There aren’t many players in the world who walk like this. He is fast but he is also strong, 96 kg, with big legs.

Of course, there is still a long way to go. Most of his appearances have come from the bench, but there is plenty of time for England to establish themselves in the World Cup.

You always see a bolt in the World Cup, pushing your way into the starting team and having a real impact. Nehe Milner-Skudder is a classic example with all blacks.

I can see Arundel and Freddie Steward playing together in the back three in the future. They are both full-backs, but they have very different points so I can see them working together.

London Irish full back Henry Arundel could soon join Freddie Steward in England's back three

London Irish full back Henry Arundel could soon join Freddie Steward in England’s back three

Steward’s point of difference is his aerial play, while Arundel is lethal in counter-attack. This can be a really dangerous combination.

People question whether there is still room for intimidation in international sports. Yes, there is less time and space in Test cricket, but there are still opportunities for magical moments.

No one really owns England’s winger position, so for someone like Arundel it’s all about achieving. If you need to try at the end of the game, when the body is tired, he can be fatal.

I can see him starting as one of Jones’ ‘finishers’, and if he takes any chances he gets, there’s no reason he should push his way into the starting lineup in the next 12 months.

I talked to Jordan Turner-Hall about Arundel. Jordan trained him at the England Under-20 level when he arrived on the scene.

The reaction was that he has a good head on his shoulders, always being proactive in doing his extra in training. That’s a good sign.

The teen has an eye for the line and could fit into one of Eddie Jones' 'finishers'.

The teen has an eye for the line and could fit into one of Eddie Jones’ ‘finishers’.

The London Irish are doing the right thing to help his development by putting him on the bench for now. It will be easier to join the hype and chalk him to the deep end.

It will take him a while to figure out the basics – position on the back field, confidence under high forces – but if he does, he looks like one of the best in the world.

You just have to be more discriminating with the help you render toward other people. He could be England’s most exciting runner after Jason Robinson.

People will tune in to the Premiership Cup on Tuesday night to see this guy.


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