Tom Shanklin

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Tom Shanklin
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Full name Tomos George L. Shanklin
Date of birth (1979-11-24) 24 November 1979 (age 34)
Place of birth Harrow, London
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 14 st 13 lb (95 kg)
School The Howard of Effingham
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Centre Wing
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2000–2003 Saracens
London Welsh
 ?
?
(?)
(?)
correct as of 16:11, 10 August 2007 (UTC).
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2003–2011 Cardiff Blues 114 (140)
correct as of 16:11, 10 August 2007 (UTC).
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2001–2011
2005
Wales
British and Irish Lions
70
0
(100)
(0)
correct as of 22:11, 21 March 2009 (UTC).

Tomos George L. Shanklin (born 24 November 1979 in Harrow, London) is a former Welsh rugby union player who played Outside Centre for Cardiff Blues and Wales. He is Wales' most-capped centre. He played club rugby for London Welsh and then Saracens, before joining Cardiff Blues in 2003.

The son of Jim Shanklin who won four caps for Wales, Tom played for Wales at Under 19, Under 21 and Wales A levels and made his first international appearance for the senior side against Japan in Tokyo in the summer of 2001, scoring two tries. He made his debut in the Six Nations Championship against France in 2001, 32 years previously his father Jim had won his first international cap against the same opponents.

At first Shanklin was regarded as a "super sub" in the Welsh side, but later established himself in the starting lineup. He produced some notable performances in the 2004 Autumn internationals, scoring eight tries in the four games. This included four tries against Romania and a spectacular try against New Zealand. He was sometimes played as a wing, but started all the 2005 Six Nations matches in his preferred position at centre.

He was selected for the 2005 British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand, but suffered a knee injury early in the tour which meant that he had to be replaced. As a result he also missed the majority of the 2005–06 season.

On 21 April 2009, Shanklin was named as a member of the British and Irish Lions for the 2009 tour to South Africa.[1] But on the 7 May it was announced that he would miss the tour as he required reconstructive surgery on his shoulder which would keep him out for 16 weeks.[2]

Shanklin won 70 caps for Wales (56 starts and 14 appearances as a substitute). He scored 20 tries, placing him 5th-equal (with Gerald Davies and Gareth Edwards) on the list of record try-scorers for Wales.

Following a fourth knee operation in February 2011, on 21 April Shanklin announced his immediate retirement from all forms of the game.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ BBC Sport : Lions Squad Announced
  2. ^ "Shanklin ruled out of Lions tour". BBC Sport. 2009-05-07. Retrieved 2009-05-07. 
  3. ^ "Injury forces Cardiff Blues centre Tom Shanklin to quit". BBC Wales. 21 April 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 

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