Ralph Adams-Hale (2015) continues to surge upwards in the Rugby world.

Breakthrough just the start for Harpenden’s latest Man in Black Ralph Adams-Hale

 A first try for Saracens may not have been enough to get him a Heineken Cup semi-final spot against Munster but there is no denying that it has been a memorable year for Ralph Adams-Hale.

 The Harpenden man made his first Gallagher Premiership start in December against Wasps and has featured a number of times since, including a try-scoring appearance off the bench at Bristol Bears one week ago. And when he reflects on the moment he found out he would be in that team to face Wasps, a smile floods across his face.

 He told HertsAdSport: “I’d just had a gym session and the forwards were about to go through our line-outs and everything at the start of the week. “Mark McCall came up to me and said ‘you’ve been playing well and we’ve been impressed with you so we’re going to start you on Saturday’. “Obviously my heart was going and it was really exciting. “I did the whole week of training and I wanted to impress but at the same time I didn’t want to get injured. “I’ve had games in the Premiership Cup so I’ve had experience of training with the first team but it’s a step up again to the Premiership. “But the day of the game there was just nerves and I just wanted to get on the pitch. I didn’t want to be waiting around. I was itching to get on. “Once you get going, everything clicks in and you’ve done it a million times.”

 The 22-year-old admitted he felt his chance was coming after the early part of his career was blighted by serious injuries. And ironically he believes those set-backs may have played a part in his current success. He said: “The injuries probably helped build my strength up as I was going to the gym for four months almost.

 “When I came in I was probably not the right size for a prop, not quite big enough. “I used to back row when I was 16 and then I moved to prop and that’s when I started going to the gym and putting on a decent amount of size. “That means I’m more confident in myself and therefore more confident on the pitch and also I’m less likely to be injured because I’m bigger and stronger.”

 And the with the World Cup looming at the start of next season he sees no reason why he cannot push again after the summer. He said: “There will be a lot of opportunities to play a lot of games and put my foot forward as a regular match-day 23 player.

 “It’s going to be competitive of course but that is what drives you to beat the people in your position to the one of two spots available each weekend. “If you coast through then that doesn’t push you and doesn’t help you improve.”

 PUBLISHED: Herts Advertiser( Harpenden Edition); 07/09/2019


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Ralph Adams Hale [2015] makes Premier rugby debut.

Ralph Adams Hale rugby Dec 2018Ralph made his full Premiership rugby debut on Saturday 1st December 2018 at the age of 21. He played his part in a Saracens win over Wasps at Allianz Park.

He had a very solid game, scrummaging very well, making several tackles and carrying for short yardage on a handful of occasions.

Ralph will be speaking at the annual Roundwood Park Sportsman’s dinner on the evening of Wednesday 5th December.


Report courtesy of Matt Hunter ( Head of PE)

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Ralph Adams Hale joins Saracens RFC

Ralph Adams Hale3Ralph Adams Hale ( 2015) has joined Saracens rugby club on a three year contract.

Tragic death of a much loved student, Liana Hoyland [2015].

A 19-year-old university student has died after collapsing outside a nightclub. Liana Hoyland, a Nottingham University student who was originally from the Harpenden area, died in hospital in the early hours of Saturday (20) after spending the night at nightclub Rescue Rooms in Nottingham.

The cause of death has not been confirmed but a spokeswoman for DHP Family, which owns Rescue Rooms, said that she lost consciousness following a fall. She added that the CCTV footage showed Liana losing her footing, which caused her to fall forwards and hit her head on the wooden patio.

The on-site medic from a neighbouring venue, Rock City, administered first aid and performed CPR. The medic then used a defibrillator until the ambulance service arrived. The ambulance crew continued with the defibrillator and took Liana to hospital where she died. The spokeswoman said: “We wish to pass on our heartfelt condolences to the young woman’s family and friends for this very tragic and sad accident. Our thoughts are with them at this time.”

Liana was a student at Roundwood Park School where she was a school captain for ‘Environment’. Alan Henshall, headteacher at the school, said: “The students and staff of Roundwood Park were devastated to hear the news of Liana’s death. “She was described by all those who knew her well as a bubbly, enthusiastic young woman who always had a great sense of humour. “She was particularly kind and supportive to her many friends and she was thoughtful, warm and deeply caring. “She excelled academically and one of her teachers described her as ‘one of the most conscientious and dedicated students we have ever had,’ and another as ‘vibrant’ and ‘wholeheartedly involved in everything she did’. We will all miss her immeasurably.”

She was studying Psychology at the University of Nottingham. A spokeswoman for the university said: “The university has been notified of the sad death of a first year undergraduate student. We are supporting fellow students and staff at this difficult time and our thoughts, of course, are with the student’s family.”

A police spokesperson said that the cause of death had yet to be established and enquiries were ongoing.

Article and image courtesy of the Herts Advertiser 25th February 2016

Ralph Adams Hale selected for U20 Six Nations rugby.

Ralph ( class of 2015) was selected for the U20 Six Nations rugby championships in February 2016. He was on the bench against Italy but came on after 60 minutes to win his U20 cap.