Toby Trinder comes from a successful sporting family but while his dad, Paul, was a member of the England skiing team in his younger years, Toby is making his mark on the rugby pitch.
The loose-head prop had already represented England at U17 and U19 level when he received his first call-up for the England U20 side in January 2018 for that year’s Six Nations.
Trinder made his debut in England’s opening game against Italy, and went on to start in four of their five matches during the campaign.
Ipswich-born Toby first picked up a rugby ball aged five when his parents, Paul and Debbie, signed him up to play for Ipswich RFC.
During his 12 years at Ipswich, he helped the club win the South Coast Festival of Rugby and earned a call-up to the England U15 regional development camp at Loughborough University in 2013.
A former student of Framlingham College, Toby captained the school as a Year 12 student during the 2014/15 season, having previously attended feeder school Brandeston Hall.
It hasn’t all been plain sailing for the powerful front-row however, as he suffered a shoulder injury during pre-season training in the summer of 2015 and required an operation – an experience he describes as the biggest obstacle in his career to date.
Having been part of the Northampton Saints junior academy, Toby’s shoulder injury put him out of action for five months, meaning he missed the entirety of his final year of school rugby.
But he recovered in time to earn a full-time senior academy contract with the Saints ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.
He spent part of that following season impressing while on loan at National League 2 South side Bury St Edmunds and his performances saw him receive an England U19 call-up, where he played against France in Paris.
Toby isn’t the only member of his family to find success as a rugby player with his second cousins Steven and Mark Dorrington both playing for New Brighton RFC – and Mark also having represented the Barbarians.
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Last updated: 23 May 2018