Tom Palmer, now in his second season with Wasps, continues to boost the clubs second row contingent after joining from Leeds Tykes in the summer of 2006.
The powerful lock made his full England debut on a summer tour of North America in 2001, before even making an appearance in the Premiership as Leeds were still in National League One. Palmer continued as a regular in the England A squad, enjoying full involvement in the A team's 2005 Churchill Cup tour and 2006 Six Nations campaign.
He made an immediate impression with Wasps' as the forwards made an impressive start of the 2006/07 season, Palmer featuring right from the start of Wasps league campaign after injury ruled out competition from incumbent lock Richard Birkett. The season also heralded a call up to England training for the lock who, following a regular place in the Wasp's starting line up, who was named in England's squad for the 2007 Six Nations tournament.
The close of the 2006/07 season saw Tom play an essential role in Wasps Heineken Cup campaign and he lists the final as his best rugby moment to date and the most enjoyable Wasps game he has played in so far. His ambitions for 2007/08 look to success in the Premiership eager to match that of the European arena and he his keen to reestablish his position on the international stage - an ambition which was nearly realised this summer following an initial call up to the England World Cup training squad. Although Tom did not travel with the final 30 to France he remains upbeat and focused on Wasps, keen to put in strong displays which will prove his worth on the domestic stage and hopefully translate to the international rugby domain.
A call up to the 2008 England Saxons squad has rewarded his hard work this season so far, which has been slightly limited to due to injury. Now back in form however there is no doubt there is much more to see from Palmer both at domestic and international level.
Rugby has indeed been a part of Palmers life from a very early age - starting his rugby career as a five year old mini with the Barnet club but very soon after winging his way north to Scotland with his family where he played for Boroughmuir School until he was 16 and for the Boroughmuir club itself. He then spent 18 months at the Otago Boys High School where he played for New Zealand Schoolboys before returning to this country to start a degree course in physics at Leeds University.
It was there that he was picked up by the Leeds Tykes club and also his Scottish connections earned him selection for the Scotland U19 and U21 sides.Having opted to play for England, he won his first senior cap as a replacement in the final 10 minutes of England's victory over the US Eagles in San Francisco, June 2001.
Away from the pitch Tom enjoys walking his dogs, mountain biking, reading and relaxing at the cinema - usually in front of a good thriller.
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|Weight:||116kgs / 18st 4lbs|
|Height:||200cm / 6ft 7ins|
|Date of Birth:||27/03/1979|
|Place of Birth:||Harringay, London|
|Former Clubs:||Leeds Carnegie, Stade Francais Paris|
|Representative Honours:||New Zealand Schools, Scotland U19, Scotland U21, England A, England XV, England Saxons|
|Debut Match:||Saracens 02/09/2006|
|Joined Club:||Summer 2006|
|Tom's Club Stats:||This Season||Club Total|
|Tom's Test Stats:||Win Rate||Total|
|Country||Won: 23 Drawn: 1 Lost: 18||England|
|Drop Goals||-||International Points||-|