Tom Rees is no stranger to facing the best of rugby competition, having represented England at U16, U18, U19, and U21 levels as well as captaining the U21 side in the Six Nations Cup in 2005, he established himself on the senior international stage in 2007. Rees secured his first cap against France in the 2007 Six Nations, picking up Man of the Match in the process and at just 23 then received the nod to travel with Brian Ashton's 2007 England World Cup squad. He has continued with his impressive list of international call ups this season with a place in the 2008 Six Nations squad.
Rugby seemed to run in the Rees family as Tom's father had played for Swansea Schoolboys. But his sporting interests were not limited to the rugby field. He played football for Basingstoke School and Club and continues to have an interest in a number of sports, especially golf.
The first rugby game that Tom ever watched was a tape of the 1972 match between Barbarians and All Blacks, after which he thought he should give the sport a go. He began playing rugby at Harriet Costello School in Basingstoke under the guidance of Andy Bloodworth. In fact, after playing the game for just four months, he found himself playing at Twickenham for the Harriet Costello U12 team and his career has gone from strength to strength since then.
A member of the Wasps Academy, Tom burst onto rugby's radar with a fantastic season in 2004/05, scoring two tries during his eleven appearances with the 1st XV and giving a Man of the Match performance against Leeds.
His success earned him a first team contract and in 2005/06 Tom promised to further his success, starting the season with another Man of the Match performance against Leicester Tigers. Unfortunately, injury was becoming a feature of his career, and it was two months before he got his next 1XV start. He marked it with another Man of the Match winning turn, but the rest of the season became a fragmented affair due to a frustrating series of injury problems. However shaking the injury curse in 2006/07 he racked up an impressive 25 appearances, four tries and a Heineken Cup winners medal - rounding off the season with a trip to France for the World Cup!
Tom's talent is undoubted, and many are tipping him as a future England No7. Though relatively stocky compared with the likes of Joe Worsley, he is a nevertheless a fearsome tackler and has a impressive turn of pace that makes him a dangerous prospect in attack.
Outside of rugby he enjoys other sports especially golf, as well as watching films, playing computer games and socialising with friends. Tom also aspires to learn how to play guitar.
And what would he be doing professionally if he wasn't playing rugby? Tom says that he may have at some point wished to follow in the footsteps of his parents who are both doctors and studied medicine at university.
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|Weight:||102kgs / 16st 1lbs|
|Height:||183cm / 6ft 0ins|
|Date of Birth:||11/09/1984|
|Place of Birth:||England|
|Representative Honours:||England U16, England U18, England U19, England U21, England A|
|Debut Match:||Bristol Rugby 16/11/2003|
|Joined Club:||Autumn 2000|
|Tom's Club Stats:||This Season||Club Total|
|Tom's Test Stats:||Win Rate||Total|
|Country||Won: 5 Drawn: - Lost: 10||England|
|Drop Goals||-||International Points||5|