|Weight||95kg (14st 13lb)|
Graduating to the Northampton Saints Senior Academy for 2012-13 marked another step up the ladder for Oxford-born Tom Stephenson, who represented his country at U16 level and played on the winning side in eight consecutive matches for England U18, including the 2012 FIRA/AER European Championship. He was introduced to the game when four at Buckingham RFC and he went on to appear for Buckinghamshire Schools and the South West.
His plaudits include winning the Chris Kokta Memorial Trust award that was set up to support young people through the game of rugby. A junior academy member at Franklin’s Gardens, he attended Bloxham School before going to Moulton College and appeared for the Saints XV against Russia in the autumn of 2011.
He said: "It was the highest level I have reached and the game was played in front of a big crowd." His senior debut was against Harlequins in LV= Cup in November 2012 and he played in his initial England U20 game against France on his home club ground in February last year. His six appearances at that level have produced five tries, including two against the USA in the IRB Junior World Championship last June.
Tom had played for the national U16 side in Rome in April 2010 and 15 months later was involved in the three England U18 tour matches in Sydney. He started the game against Australia A Schools in which his side scored 27 points without reply and led the team to a 20-8 victory over Scotland at Hawick in March 2012.
Mum Rosemary Fehler represented England at netball and grandfather Richard Stephenson played rugby for Cambridge University. Tom’s favourite internationals are Jonny Wilkinson, Lawrence Dallaglio and Lewis Moody and his mentors are Alan Dickens and Mark Hopley at the Saints, who followed Andy Goldsmith and John Horton at Bloxham School and Jon Phillips at Moulton College. Tom’s ambition outside rugby is to climb Mount Everest.
U20 International Record
25 points – 5T
2013 F(R), It(R), W World Championship - USA 2014 F, S
Last updated: February 21, 2014