Sons often play in the same position as their fathers but Tom Hardwick, a fly half or centre with Leicester Tigers, moved down a different channel in the game.
His dad Rob was a combative prop with Coventry, who won an England cap against Italy at Twickenham in 1996 and went on to figure in 120 Premiership matches for London Irish.
Tom, who was born in Chertsey, Surrey, and lives in East Lothian, began playing at eight years old at Olney RFC and studied for A-levels in PE and history at Rugby School, where he captained them to an unbeaten season in 2016.
He joined the Leicester Tigers Academy in 2015 and made his debut against Bath in the 2017/18 Anglo-Welsh Cup, when he scored 11 points in a narrow defeat. He later made his Premiership debut against Newcastle in September 2018.
Tom represented England U16s and U17s before scoring a try and landing three conversions on his U18s debut against Scotland at Preston Grasshoppers in March 2017.
Tom furthered his progress during the 2018 U20s Six Nations, with his most significant contribution coming when he kicked 17 points from fly half in the 22-6 victory over France in Beziers.
Continuing his fine form, Tom started four of England’s games in the 2018 World Rugby U20 Championship where they finished runners-up to France, scoring fifteen points across three of those games.
With a love of sport, Tom also follows basketball and supports the Cleveland Cavaliers, but his rugby heroes are Johnathan Thurston and Quade Cooper and he aspires to reach their heights.
Tom said: "Throughout my life, my dad and mum Frankie have encouraged me to play the game and have fun doing it. My dad has been the biggest influence on my rugby, he’s been my coach, he always gives me a call when I’m down and always helps me out, he’s always been there for me.
“Brett Deacon and Anthony Allen at Tigers have also helped me to develop a tactical game.
"I’ve always wanted to be the best and I will have that focus forever.”
52 points - 2T, 9C, 8P
2018 It(R), W(R), S, F, I, World Championship - A, It(R), S, SA, F. 2019: Ire, Fra (R)
27 points – 2T, 8C, 1PG
2017 S, C(R), I, S
Last updated 11 February 2019