Tom Marshall didn’t waste any time on his way to becoming a rugby player, first picking up a ball at Blyth Rugby Club, aged five.
Born in Ashington, Northumberland, the 6ft 3in back-row forward went on to become a member of the Newcastle Falcons academy, which he joined in 2014, and earned a call-up to England U18s in early 2018.
Growing up, Tom idolised two of Newcastle’s cult figures, the Falcons’ Jonny Wilkinson and United’s Alan Shearer.
Both Wilkinson and Shearer were famously influential captains and Tom has followed their lead, captaining Blyth Colts, Bede Academy School and Northumberland county.
He describes himself as ‘diligent, creative, and a team player’, but credits his rise to a number of coaches, in particular Ken Robinson at Blyth from his early days in 2004 up to 2016.
Tom studied for A Levels in biology, business and PE at Gosforth Academy, with whom he became an AASE Championship finalist in the 2016-17 season.
Other proud moments include winning the U12 county plate with Blyth and playing for England U17s.
Joining the Falcons academy in 2014 gave him the belief that he had the ability to play rugby as a career and he began to develop a desire to become a professional but his biggest setback was a long-term injury that saw him tear ligaments in his ankle.
Away from rugby, Tom enjoys playing basketball and table tennis, as well as supporting Newcastle United in football.
His eclectic music taste, ranging from 1980s classics and UB40, to Oasis and Drake helps him to unwind, as does a game of FIFA or tucking into a meal of bacon and pesto chicken.Last updated: 7 March 2018