Players & Staff at The Cornish Pirates...
Toby began playing rugby at Sevenoaks Prep School, aged seven, and when he was 11 he started at The Skinners’ School, Tunbridge Wells.
After playing youth rugby at Sevenoaks, Toby moved to Tunbridge Wells RFC before moving to Australia in 2008 for a year to play cricket. On his return he attended Bath University, where he progressed into the first team and also played twice for Bath United in the ‘A’ league. Also, whilst at Bath, he was fortunate to play for Westcombe Park and then for Kent in the top tier of the County Championship.
Toby would teach PE at The Skinners’ School, and he then began a Primary PGCE teaching qualification at Cambridge University. He played in the 2013 and 2014 ‘Varsity’ matches and was also invited to play for the England Students Development squad, making his debut for them in a victory against the Welsh Academicals.
In the year before signing for the Cornish Pirates, Toby followed up his PGCE with a part time Masters in Primary Education at Cambridge. He attended weekly lectures, wrote his thesis, and enjoyed teaching a Year 5 class full time at The Trumpington Federation.
Joining the Cornish Pirates in 2015, Toby in his first two complete seasons in Cornwall was all but an ever present. Reliably safe under the high ball, and always happy to counter-attack, he featured in 52 games. He was also commendably a winner of both the ‘Player of the Year’ and the ‘Players’ Player of the Year’ trophies in 2016.
Westcombe Park RFC, Cambridge University RUFC
What item can you not travel without when on an away trip?
Coffee flasks for the boys
If you could attend any sporting event in the world, what would it be?
What training drill do you dread the most?
Any form of contact
If you could be any other team mate for a week who would it be and why?
Brett Beukeboom - he's big and sexy
Tell us something that the supporters may not already know about you?
I make an array of items/furniture out of pallets
Where is your favourite place in cornwall?
Botallack tin mines
If you were not working in high performance sport what job/career would you like to do?
Primary School Teacher