Sons often play in the same position as their fathers but Tom Hardwick, a fly half or centre, moved down a different channel in the game.
His dad Rob was a combative Coventry prop, who won an England cap against Italy at Twickenham in 1996 and went on to figure in 120 Premiership matches for London Irish.
Tom, who was born in Chertsey, Surrey, lives in East Lothian. He began playing when eight years old at Olney RFC and is studying for A-levels in PE and history at Rugby School. He joined the Leicester Tigers Academy in 2015 and represented England U16 and U17 before scoring a try and landing three conversions on his U18 debut against Scotland at Preston Grasshoppers in March 2017.
He captained Rugby to an unbeaten 2016 season and said: “Balancing school and rugby has been difficult. Throughout my life, my dad and mum Frankie have encouraged me to play the game and have fun doing it and Brett Deacon and Anthony Allen at the Tigers have helped me to develop a tactical game.
"I’ve always wanted to be the best and I will have that focus forever. I also enjoy playing cricket and basketball, support West Ham Football Club and my best rugby-playing friends include Harrison Fowke, of Bromsgrove, U18 squad mates Aaron Hinkley and Nic Dolly, together with Seb Carter, of New Zealand Schools.”
His favourite holiday bolt-hole is Portugal and he describes himself as ‘energetic, funny and competitive’, though considers others may regard him as ‘square’.
Ed’s Diner chicken burger tickles his taste buds, the Weekend and Ed Sheeran are his music favourites, Step Brothers heads his film list and Eastbound and Down is his top TV show.
U18 International Record
27 points – 2T, 8C, 1PG
2017 S, C(R), I, S
Last updated: 17 January 2018