England captain Tom Mitchell is no stranger to guiding teams to success.
Skippering Great Britain to an Olympic silver medal in Rio 2016 is just one of the major achievements of a player who is looking to conquer the world in 2018, having been named in England’s squad for the Rugby Sevens World Cup.
In Brazil, his influence was one of the standout features of an Olympic tournament in which he also landed ten of his 11 conversion attempts, including the one that beat South Africa 7-5 in the semi-final.
He was already well used to plaudits though.
Tom picked up the accolade of being the top points-scorer in the 2013-14 HSBC Sevens World Series after he racked up 358 in an eye-catching season.
A try in each of his first three matches in the HSBC World Sevens Series at Wellington in February 2012 had launched Tom’s career two seasons earlier.
He combined his initial season on the circuit with a Historical Studies course at Kellogg College, Oxford.
Tom shone at student level, helping Oxford to beat Cambridge 28-10 in the 2011 Varsity Match by scoring their third and final try and he led the Great Britain Students side to the World Universities title in Brive in July 2012.
He led England for the first time in January 2014 when they won the plate in the Las Vegas leg of the HSBC Sevens World Series and he was the tournament’s second highest points-scorer with 44 behind Australia's Cameron Clark.
Tom was born in Cuckfield and is a product of Worth School in West Sussex, having also obtaining a BA in English and Philosophy at Bristol University before going to Oxford.
In 15-a-side, he can play at centre and full back, as well as fly half, and he led England Students in their 29-25 defeat by the Portugal national side in Lisbon in 2011.
Last updated: 10 July 2018