Tom Parton had quite a season in 2017, making four appearances in the U20 Six Nations before helping England to second-place in the World Rugby U20 Championship.
He scored tries against Italy in the 64th and 80th minutes at Darlington in round three of the Six Nations with England going on to win the Grand Slam.
He also started all five matches at full back in the 2017 World Rugby U20 Championship in Georgia, where England finished runners-up to New Zealand.
Tom picked up where he left off with the England age group in 2018 by scoring a try in their opening Six Nations fixture against Italy.
It was a similar story at the 2018 World Rugby U20 Championships as the full-back started four out of five games and scored against Italy in the group stage, then notched another in an extremely tight semi-final against South Africa to see England win by a point.
England finished second, this time to the hosts, France, although they took confidence from their solid display throughout, in which Tom was central.
Tom had attended Oratory Prep School in Reading before moving to Wellington College, where he studied for an International Baccalaureate Diploma.
Taking up rugby at both schools, he became Wellington’s vice-captain in 2016 and Players’ Player of the Year but has also enjoyed team success.
Tom has been a member of winning Daily Mail Cup sides twice and shared in two Rosslyn Park Schools National Sevens triumphs and a Surrey Sevens success.
His school coaches Kevin Brennan and Steve Shortland are guiding lights and Chris Winterbottom, his prep school coach, focused on giving him the basic skills.
A member of the London Irish senior squad, Tom's greatest mentor has been his father Andy, though his mother, Clare, is a former England U21 hockey player.
“My father played for Coventry, England Students, Harlequins and Northampton and is a huge mentor for me and is always first to give me feedback straight after games," said Tom.
“Clare has been great whether it’s doing the dull jobs such as transport or food preparation, and never complains.
"Outside the game, my targets are to gain a business and management degree at a top university such as Bath or Edinburgh.”
25 points – 5T
2017 F, W, S, I World Championship – Sam, W, A, SA, NZ 2018 It, W, SA, World Championship - A, It, SA, F
7 points – 1T, 1C
2016 F(R), S, W, I, S, W SA Tour: F, SA 'A', SA
Last updated: 19 June 2018