- DOB5 Sep 1992
Originally scouted by Dylan Hartley when the former Saints captain visited his old school in Rotorua during the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, Teimana Harrison first joined up with Saints' Senior Academy before making the transition to the first team in 2012.
Born in Opotiki on New Zealand’s North Island, Harrison's debut in Black, Green and Gold came against Wasps later that year with the back rower's tenacity quickly earning him the title of one of the Premiership most dangerous ball carriers.
Harrison's breakthrough season came in 2015/16 – with the back row featuring some 27 times that season, scoring four tries along the way – and those stellar performances earned him a call up to the England squad, with Harrison making his international debut against Wales at Twickenham in May that year, before touring Australia where the Red Rose won their first-ever Test series Down Under.
The No.8’s impressive season culminated in him scooping Breakthrough Player, Supporters’ Player and Players’ Player at Saints' End of Season awards – in addition to two Club Player of the Month awards and a Premiership Player of the Month award.
Harrison was also a part of the England squad for the 2017 Six Nations and helped his adopted country become champions for the second year running alongside fellow Saints Courtney Lawes, Dylan Hartley and Tom Wood.
Another stellar season would follow for Harrison in 2018/19 where his 28 outings in Black, Green and Gold would help Saints on their way to reaching the knock-out stages of every competition – scoring a memorable hat trick in Clermont Auvergne in the process. Harrison also would help Saints claim their first piece of silverware in five years in the form of the Premiership Rugby Cup that term, with the prolific back row adding another try to his tally in the final against Saracens.
And, after featuring for England against the Barbarians that summer, Harrison would take on the captain's armband alongside Alex Waller in 2019/20 – a task he had completed before in his time at Rotorua Boys High School – before hitting his 150th Saints appearance later that season, while crossing the whitewash six more times that term.