Players & Staff at The Cornish Pirates...
Educated at Torquay Grammar School, Tom played his early rugby for Newton Abbot. Indeed, he represented the Devon club from under 8s to seniors, but for a break when he turned out for Torquay Colts and Torquay, before returning to Newton Abbot.
In his ‘junior’ rugby days Tom played at scrum-half, however from the age of 17 moved into the pack as a versatile and powerful front-rower.
Joining Bristol’s Academy in 2011, Tom’s debut for ‘Bris’ was a British & Irish Cup encounter away to the Cornish Pirates in September 2011. In total he made 15 appearances for Bristol Rugby prior to signing for the Pirates in 2013.
Tom’s twin brother Sam also plays rugby and has represented Cambridge University in the under 21s ‘Varsity’ match, whilst dad Rod is a former Torquay and Ivybridge player.
Hobbies for Tom include playing the drums, but it’s naturally rugby that is his main focus. He was frustrated to be injured in 2017/18, however he proudly reached the 100 games milestone and took his tally to 106. Also, to his credit, at the end of the season Tom was presented with the Community Player of the Year award.
Newton Abbot & Bristol
What item can you not travel without when on an away trip?
If you could attend any sporting event in the world, what would it be?
Football World Cup
What training drill do you dread the most?
If you could be any other team mate for a week who would it be and why?
Alex Cheesman. It would be interesting spending the week as a vegan
Tell us something that the supporters may not already know about you?
I'm a twin
Where is your favourite place in cornwall?
If you were not working in high performance sport what job/career would you like to do?
Teacher or an accountant