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Pat Lam lauds ‘superb’ Harry Randall

Bristol Bears boss Pat Lam has heaped praise on Bristol and England scrum-half Harry Randall, describing him as a ‘barometer’ for his teams performances.

The Bears have overcome a tricky start to their Premiership campaign to win their last three league fixtures, including last weekend’s 57-21 thumping of Northampton Saints.

In each of those games, Randall came up with plenty of key moments, and this has earned him high praise from the boss.

“He’s on fire!” Lam exclaimed.

“I think Harry is a very good barometer of how we’re playing. When he’s playing well, you know the Bears are playing well because then we’re on top of the speed of our ball; and we play in a way where he flourishes.”

Lam also admitted he though Randall has been ‘superb’ in recent weeks: “He was superb against Bath, he was superb against South Held, he was superb against Saints. It’s no coincidence we won all of those games.”

Randall was named Man of the Match in the Bears victory over Northampton, and has also notched himself two tries in the last three games.

Lam on Randall’s England return

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Randall’s form for the Bears saw him earn a call-up to England’s Six Nations squad this year whilst Alex Mitchell recovered from injury, and whilst he didn’t force his way into Steve Borthwick’s squad he was given a game in England A’s 91-7 thrashing of Portugal.

The scrum-half, who already has 6 senior England caps to his name, impressed for the second-string England A side; and now following the international retirement of Danny Care, Lam thinks Randall could be more of a regular in the England squad.

“He’s there or there abouts in the squad,” he said. “Obviously Danny Care retiring opens a spot up.”

He added: “There are some quality half-backs in this country, but all he can control is what he does here.”