Since making his England Sevens debut on the Gold Coast in October 2014, Tom Bowen has scored 45 tries in 28 tournaments, including 16 in the 2015/16 Series. He had already scored four in Dubai in 2014, three in London, one at Port Elizabeth, three in Wellington and one each in Las Vegas, Hong Kong and Tokyo. He added two against Russia in Glasgow in May 2015. Twelve months on from then, Tom was included in the 25-strong Great Britain training squad for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
In Dubai, he made two touchdowns against Kenya in a pool match and another two in the plate semi-final against Argentina. Brighton-born, he took up rugby at the age of six with Lewes and was Plymouth Albion’s Young Player of the Year in two successive seasons.
Originally a centre, he switched to the wing and is a former member of the Leicester Tigers Academy, who joined Albion in the summer of 2012 and made his debut in the 27-22 win over Doncaster Knights. He also represented England Students and took up a contract with England Sevens after running in 16 league and cup tries and becoming Plymouth Albion’s top try-scorer in 2013/14.
Shane Williams, the former Wales wing, is the player Tom most admires. He said: “He’s a small bloke in stature but changed the outcome of games on a regular basis.” Tom’s most memorable match was his first of the 2013/14 season when playing for Plymouth Albion against Jersey in the Greene King IPA Championship. He added: “We won and it was really enjoyable and special.”
Last updated: 15 May 2017