With his feet firmly on the ground, Tom de Glanville has become captain of the Beechen Cliff AASE XV after being a Bath Academy member since he was 14. He said: “I started playing for the minis down at the Rec when I was seven and didn’t enjoy it at first but the game quickly grew on me.”
Tom has a famous father in Phil, the former Bath centre, who won 38 England caps from 1992-1999 and led his country eight times. He continued: “Neither Phil nor my mum Yolanda pushed me towards rugby in any way at all. From a young age to the present day, they have encouraged me to try everything as long as I enjoy it. I’ve always seen my godfather Jon Callard (the ex-Bath and England full back) as a rugby idol. He has loved spending time with me and my brothers Jake and Ollie in the garden, kicking a ball about.
“When I was growing up, I always looked up to people like Nelson Mandela and anyone who had a positive influence on the world as I respected what they had been through.” Tom is taking A-levels in biology, maths and geography at Beechen Cliff School in Bath, the city where he was born. His proudest England moments were his debut for the U17 team against France last April and his initial match for the U18 side against France in August. He reckons that playing for his club’s academy in the U18 league last year was a massive step up and gave him a “huge amount of confidence”.
He also enjoys playing and watching cricket as well as rugby but is not ‘picky’ and relishes seeing a good contest whatever the sport. “I was a die-hard Manchester United fan in the days of Ronaldo but grew away from the game when I was 16 and stopped playing it.”
Will Partington, a Bath player in the year above him and Charlie Quarren-Evans, who’s also pushing for a place, are his best rugby-playing mates while Fiji, in his own words, is the nicest place he has visited. “I admired how the people there were so happy and upbeat about everything while having very little.”
Fajitas are his top food and he listens to chill music, especially George Ezra before games to get himself in the right mind set. Legends of the Fall, starring Brad Pitt, pushes his buttons while Game of Thrones and Power are his favourite TV shows. Off the field, his prime experience was passing his GCSE exams. He said: “It’s really important to keep up academics so when I got the results I was buzzing.”
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Last updated: 30 August 2017