|Weight||86kg (13st 7lb)|
A former captain of England U16 and U17, Nick Tompkins made his debut at U18 level in the 28-25 win over Wales in Wellington on the 2012 summer tour of South Africa and started all five matches when the U20 side lifted the 2014 IRB Junior World Championship in June. He has played in all ten games in that age group this year.
Sidcup-born, he has been a BTEC Sports and Exercise Science student at Oaklands College and is a member of Saracens Academy. He started every match in the 2014 U20 Six Nations and scored tries against Scotland and Ireland.
His first team debut for Saracens was against Leicester Tigers in the LV= Cup in October 2012 and two months later he played in the Aviva A League final against Harlequins.
He was previously educated at St Nicholas Church of England Primary School, Chislehurst and Bishop Justus C of E Secondary School and was with Old Elthamians from the age of four in 1999 until 2012. Nick played as a flanker until he was 16 before switching to centre and at the last count had captained eight teams, including London & SE U16, Saracens Academy and Oaklands College.
His representative honours span Kent U14-U16 and he shared in Elthamians’ lifting the Kent Sevens title in 2010, 2011 and 2012 as well as being a member of the AASE League Plate winning side and the Aviva A League runners up XV both in 2012. He also played for Saracens against the Asia Pacific Barbarians in Hong Kong in June that year.
Nick’s ambitions are to break into the Saracens first team squad and gain a regular spot, then to win more representative honours while continuing his education and going to university.
His mentors past and present are Russell Taylor, Chris Cunliffe and Tony Smith at Elthamians, Steve Molsher at Bishop Justus, Dave Hesketh at Oaklands College and Matt Davies, Jan Bonney, Kevin Sorrell, Richard Hill, Ben Young and England’s Alex Goode at Saracens.
Brother Alex played in Sidcup’s first team when 18, is in the Kent senior squad and now club captain at Leeds Metropolitan University. Grandfather Dennis Pugh was a first division football referee in the late 60s and early 70s. Nick said: “I owe a lot to Matt Davies, who spotted me at a Kent training session.”
U20 International Record
10 points – 2T
2014 F, S, I, W, It World Championship – It, A, Arg, I, SA
Last updated: July 3, 2014