- DOB5 Sep 1992
Harrison was scouted by Dylan Hartley when the England hooker visited his old school in Rotorua during the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand – and the rest, as they say, is history.
Born in Opotiki on New Zealand’s North Island, Teimana captained Rotorua Boys High School, with his headmaster describing his style of play as ‘mongrel’.
He first joined Saints as a member of the Senior Academy in late 2011, before making the transition into the first team in 2012 – his debut for the first team came against Wasps later that year.
And Hartley’s inkling that Harrison was a special player proved correct; since his arrival in the East Midlands the dogged and tenacious back row has become one of the Premiership’s most dangerous ball carriers.
The 2015/16 season stands as a highlight as his consistently superb performances also earned him a call up to Eddie Jones’ squad for England’s summer tour to Australia.
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.
In May 2016, Harrison made his England debut against Wales at Twickenham, before touring Australia where the Red Rose won their first-ever Test series Down Under.
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.