Tom Palmer (rugby union)
|Full name||Thomas Phillip Palmer|
|Date of birth||27 March 1979|
|Place of birth||Harringay, London, England|
|Height||2 m (6 ft 7 in)|
|Weight||118 kg (18 st 8 lb) |
|School||Boroughmuir High School
Otago Boys' High School
|University||University of Leeds|
|Rugby union career|
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|Years||Club / team||Caps||(points)|
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He started playing mini rugby at age five with Barnet and subsequently spent his early years in Kenya. He moved to Edinburgh, Scotland with his family, where he played for Boroughmuir High School until he was 16 and went onto play for Boroughmuir RFC. After his A Levels, Palmer deferred his place at the University of Leeds for a year while he went to New Zealand. He spent 18 months at Otago Boys' High School, where he played for New Zealand Schoolboys before returning to the United Kingdom to start a degree course in Physics at the University of Leeds.
Spotted by Phil Davies in his first game for the University of Leeds, he joined Leeds Tykes in 1997 and played for the U19's during his first year at college. He also won selection for the Scotland U19 and U21 sides. He then studied part time when he was drafted into the first team squad in September 1998. He became the Tykes first England international and the club's second longest serving player after Mike Shelley.
Palmer made his debut against Blackheath on 2 September 1998, making a total of 10 appearances for the Tykes during his first season when they finished in 6th place in National Division 2. Palmer became a regular first team player during the 1999-00 National Division One, missing only 4 games throughout the season. The most notable game for Palmer was against Worcester in November 1999 when he scored his first try in the 20–9 win at Headingley.
In the 2000–01 National Division One the Tykes finished top of Division 1. Palmer again played an important role in the side, making a total 20 appearances and scoring 8 tries. In the Tetley’s Bitter Cup competition in October, Palmer was one of nine try scorers who helped the Tykes to a magnificent 100–0 win over Morley.
In the Tykes' first season in the Premiership, the 2001-02 Zurich Premiership. Palmer began in his now regular central role, making 15 appearances, however during a game between England Saxons and Wales A Palmer broke his leg. The injury meant that the loss against Northampton Saints in March was the last game he featured in during the season.
Palmer joined London Wasps after Leeds Tykes were relegated from the 2005–06 Guinness Premiership, overall, he made 188 appearances at Leeds between 1998 and 2006 scoring 20 tries. At Wasps he quickly became first choice lock, winning the 2006–07 Heineken Cup and the 2007–08 Guinness Premiership. Palmer signed for Stade Français in the summer of 2009.
He earned a place in the England Saxons squad whilst still playing in National Division One and was then rewarded with a place on the England Summer tour to North America in 2001. After appearing in the midweek sides, he won his first senior cap as a replacement for Steve Borthwick in the final 10 minutes of England’s victory over the United States in San Francisco on 16 June 2001.
Palmer was back to full fitness for the start of the 2002–03 Zurich Premiership and did not miss a game for the Tykes during the entire Zurich Premiership campaign. In the summer of 2003 he was selected for England’s summer tour to New Zealand and Australia and then joined up with the squad for the 2003 Churchill Cup in Canada, only to pick up a serious knee injury that took six months to put right. In March 2004, he was vice captain to Mike Catt in the England Saxons side narrowly defeated 22–26 by France A.
He played for England Saxons as they defeated the Ireland Wolfhounds on 1 February 2008. In the summer of 2010, Palmer started as England defeated Australia in Sydney. He played for England in the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
- Powergen Cup/Anglo-Welsh Cup titles: 1
- "RFU Official Site of the RFU, Governing Body of Rugby Union in England". web page. RFU. Retrieved 24 August 2011.
- "England's wanderer happy back in the pack". The Independent. UK. 6 November 2010. Retrieved 6 November 2010.
- "ESPN Scrum profile". ESPN Scrum. 20 October 2009. Retrieved 18 October 2010.
- "Worcester lose out in title test". Worcester News. 29 November 1999. Retrieved 3 July 2009.
- McGill, Brendan (23 March 2002). "Palmer injury caps night of misery". Independent (UK). Retrieved 3 July 2009.
- "Bath 12–20 Leeds". BBC News Sport. 16 April 2005. Retrieved 3 July 2009.
- "Wasps move to secure Palmer deal". BBC News Sport. 11 May 2006. Retrieved 3 July 2009.
- "Heineken Cup final: Leicester 9–25 Wasps". BBC News Sport. 19 May 2007. Retrieved 3 July 2009.
- "Guinness Premiership final". BBC News Sport. 31 May 2008. Retrieved 18 October 2010.
- "Trio quit Wasps to play in France". BBC News Sport. 17 February 2009. Retrieved 3 July 2009.
- "Bracken will lead England". BBC News Sport. 30 April 2001. Retrieved 18 October 2010.
- "Record-breaking England beat USA". BBC News Sport. 16 June 2001. Retrieved 18 October 2010.
- "Woodward relies on Wasps". BBC News Sport. 28 May 2003. Retrieved 18 October 2010.
- "England bolster second string". BBC News Sport. 9 June 2003. Retrieved 18 October 2010.
- Hands, David (8 March 2004). "England's naivety hands victory to France". Times (UK). Retrieved 3 July 2009.
- "Dallaglio makes training squad". BBC News Sport. 15 June 2007. Retrieved 3 July 2009.
- "Tindall & Hodgson miss World Cup". BBC News Sport. 13 August 2007. Retrieved 3 July 2009.
- "Varndell shines in Saxons victory". BBC News Sport. 2 February 2008. Retrieved 3 February 2008.
- "Australia 20–21 England". BBC News Sport. 19 June 2010. Retrieved 18 October 2010.