Alex Dombrandt is an English professional rugby union player who currently plays for Harlequins in Premiership Rugby. He was born on April 29, 1997, and primarily plays as a Number 8.
Dombrandt started playing rugby at the age of six for Warlingham R.F.C in Surrey. Initially, he played as a fly-half before transitioning to the forwards pack. He attended The John Fisher School during his education.
He did not play representative rugby or join a professional academy before enrolling at Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2015. As a resident student at a Welsh university, he played for Wales U20s in the 2017 Six Nations Under 20s Championship.
In February 2018, Harlequins announced Dombrandt's signing for the following season. His performances for Harlequins garnered attention, leading to calls for his inclusion in the England international squad. On June 2, 2019, Dombrandt made his England debut in a non-cap match against the Barbarians, where he scored two tries.
He was named one of the four uncapped players in England's preliminary World Cup training squad in June 2019. However, he was not selected for the tournament. Dombrandt made significant progress by reducing his weight from 130kg to 120kg by the 2019-2020 season.
In the Premiership semi-final, Dombrandt scored a try as Harlequins recovered from a 28-point deficit to defeat Bristol Bears 43-36. He started in the Premiership final against Exeter Chiefs, scoring another try as Harlequins won the game 40-38, marking the highest-scoring Premiership final ever.
On July 10, 2021, Dombrandt made his senior England Test debut in a 70-14 victory against Canada at Twickenham. He has showcased his talent as a strong and skillful back-rower throughout his career, making a name for himself in the rugby world.
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|2019 - present
No 5 Lock
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|2019 - 2020