An untimely broken ankle sustained in Bath’s Aviva Premiership match against Harlequins match in February 2017 has not deterred Tom Dunn from maintaining his rapid progress right into the senior England squad.
Dunn missed the remainder of the season but took part in his first England training camps at Lensbury that August and at Oxford the following month before being included in the 34-strong party to begin preparations in Portugal for the opening game against Argentina in the Old Mutual Wealth Series on 11 November. He turned 25 on the day after that match.
Then after impressing for Bath during the opening half of the 2017/18 season, the mobile hooker was part of Eddie Jones' 35-man squad ahead of the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations.
Bath-born Tom first played for his hometown club against Calvisano in the European Challenge Cup in 2012 and took the step up from the club’s academy to the senior squad in 2015, having produced impressive performances at loosehead prop for Bath United in the A League.
It convinced Neal Hatley, then the Bath first-team coach and now England’s scrum coach that he had all the necessary attributes to play at hooker. He was fast-tracked from there and signed a new, long-term contract with Bath in October 2016 as a reward for his scrummaging and tackling skills, alongside a formidable work rate.
A product of the Corsham and Chippenham clubs, he began playing at the age of 12. Tom attended Sheldon School in Chippenham, went on to study at Bath University and made his England Students debut against France at Richmond in 2013.
He said: “I was originally a footballer before playing both rugby and football for two years. I chose rugby, hands down really, when I was 14 because I enjoyed it a lot more.”
Last updated: 18 January 2018