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A member of Bath Academy, Tom Woolstencroft is in his first year out of school and signed a loan deal with Coventry in January this year but his first game for the club was delayed until after the Six Nations. His debut in that competition was off the bench against France last February and he scored a maiden try in the Italy game the following month. He played in every IRB Junior World Championship match last June and scored a try against Ireland in the semi-final.
Tom moved from the back row to hooker last season and made his final appearance in his old position while at Bryanston School. He also attended Bishop’s Stortford College in Hertfordshire and Taunton School and was a member of the Exeter Chiefs Youth Academy from 2009-11.
His rugby baptism was for the U7 team at Bishop’s Stortford RFC and at his college and he went on to represent the South West at U16 level. He played off the bench for England U18 in the 44-7 win over Wales at Swansea in March last year.
Tom’s experience of captaincy spans Taunton School Years 9-11, Devon U15-U16 and Bath U18 Academy. He said: “My aim is to start for Bath in the Premiership and keep a regular place. I also have aspirations to play for England someday. Outside the game, I want to attend university and gain a degree in History and possibly have a career in law.
“One of my most memorable matches so far was the Rosslyn Park Sevens final against Wellington College. It was such a close game, went to extra-time but we lost by three points. The other match I remember well was getting the victory over Wales last March – a great result away from home against a strong side.”
His mentors past and present are Sean Carey and John Cullen, head coaches at Bishop’s Stortford RFC, Sandy Barnard at Bishop’s Stortford College, Mike Pyrgos and Andy Marriott at Bryanston, Danny Grewcock, the Bath Academy manager and England Throwing Coach Simon Hardy.
Tom’s most admired players are Bismarck du Plessis (“for his work rate, speed over the ball and physical presence”), together with Lawrence Dallaglio and Steve Thompson. He added: “The Recreation Ground at Bath has a great atmosphere in the centre of the city. That’s my favourite one.”
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Last updated: July 3, 2014