Tom Kessell Scrum Half

Tom Kessell

Scrum Half


Tom Kessell - Scrum Half

Squad Archive 2014/15

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Tom Kessell - Scrum Half Tom Kessell - Scrum Half

Born in Hayle, Tom is a proud Cornishman, with family and many friends in West Cornwall.

Tom started his rugby career with the Pirates back in 1995 when he joined the club's youngest rugby team. So on signing in April 2011, he was looking forward to playing for the senior team.

'Kess', who enjoys playing in front of the knowledgeable and passionate Mennaye Field crowd, has made 54 appearances in his first two seasons with the Pirates and scored nine tries.

He has also shown that he is not just a very useful scrum-half, but when called upon, can also perform on the wing.

Year of Birth: 1990
Nationality: Cornish
Birthplace: Hayle
Height: 6' (1.83m)
Weight: 13st 4lbs (84kg)
Position: Scrum Half
Previous Clubs: Bridgwater & Albion, Newbury, Plymouth Albion
Honours: Somerset U20s, Devon, South-West XV, England Counties, Championship XV v Canada
Signed April 2011
Debut Exeter Chiefs (H) Friendly 20/8/11

Match Stats (Not including friendlies)

Season Starts Rep Tries Cons Pens Drop Pts
2011/12 All 9 14 5 0 0 0 25
2012/13 All 11 12 4 0 0 0 20

Tom Kessell - Scrum HalfDue to family work commitments, Tom moved to Somerset in the late 1990s and joined Wells RFC, playing for their minis section. He then joined Bath and played for them at all ages from youth to academy.

His senior career started when he turned 18 and joined Bridgwater & Albion, playing in National League 3 South for the final three months of the season.

In 2008 he joined Newbury, who played in the old National League 1 and scored his first try for the 'Blues' against Coventry.  A year later he moved to Plymouth Albion to play in the newly formed Championship.

Selection for the England Counties team saw Tom tour Canada in 2010, where he started in two of the three games and scored a try in both. Pulling  on an England jersey was a massive honour, and importantly a valuable learning experience.