Tom Jeanes started dreaming of playing professional rugby from a young age and sporting talent clearly runs in the family, as his sister Daisy has played county cricket for Somerset.
The second row first picked up a rugby ball aged five at Chard RFC, before moving on to play for Taunton, Somerset at county level and then breaking into the Bath Rugby academy, which he joined in 2014.
Born in Taunton, Tom attended Beechen Cliff School in Bath and is the eldest of four children.
The Bath academy product has played consistently for the Somerset club since making his debut for the U15s against Gloucester, apart from two successive shoulder injuries that prevented him from playing a huge part in his U16 season.
Tom captained the U16s in the Wellington Tournament and then the U18s in a pre-season tournament in Warwick and against Leinster.
Representing the club over the years has been his proudest achievement, as well as playing for them in the Premiership Rugby A-League.
Growing up, Tom’s rugby idols were Jonny Wilkinson and Richie McCaw, but other people have shaped his development.
He credits his parents with giving him confidence and self-belief, and the staff at Bath for mentoring him and giving him insight into the professional game, particularly performance and player development director Stuart Hooper.
Tom describes himself as ‘loyal, competitive and passionate’ but admits that his friends might call him clumsy.
That might appear to be an undesirable trait for a rugby player, but it certainly doesn’t seem to have hindered his progress so far.
Last updated: 7 March 2018