Tom Varndell

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Thomas William Varndell
Tom Varndell 2012 (cropped).jpg
Date of birth (1985-09-16) 16 September 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Ashford, England
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 101 kg (15 st 13 lb)[1]
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Wing
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
1994–2000 Chinnor
Henley
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2004–2009
2006
2009–
Leicester Tigers
Bedford Blues (loan)
London Wasps
112
2
100
(325)
(10)
(270)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2006–
2005–
2005–
England Saxons
England
England Sevens

4

(15)

Tom Varndell (born 16 September 1985 in Ashford, Kent) is an English rugby union footballer who plays on the wing for London Wasps, England and England Sevens. He ran 10.58 seconds for the 100 metres as a schoolboy making him the fastest winger in the Aviva Premiership and rendering him as arguably one of the fastest men in European and World Rugby.

Varndell has played for Aviva Premiership side London Wasps since the start of the 2009/10 season.

Early career[edit]

Varndell began playing rugby aged 8 at Chinnor rugby club in Oxfordshire[2] before moving to Henley Hawks, where he stayed until he was 15. He was later invited by Dusty Hare, the former England full back, who was Leicester's Chief Scout, to train with them.[3] He spent two years at the Tigers' den but left to take up a scholarship at Colston's Collegiate School in Bristol.

2004–05[edit]

Varndell returned to the Tigers in 2004, and made a quick impact in the Premiership. In his second appearance with the Tigers senior side, he recorded the fastest hat trick of tries in Premiership history, doing so in a 13-minute span against Worcester. He finished the 2005-06 Guinness Premiership regular season, top of the try list with 14.

2005–06[edit]

Also in 2005, Varndell made his debut for both national teams within one week. On 26 November, he scored a try against Manu Samoa at Twickenham in his first full 15-man international. Then, on 1 and 2 December, he made his England Sevens debut in the Dubai Sevens, the first tournament in the 2005–06 World Sevens Series. Varndell was the tournament's leading try scorer as England claimed the title.

In 2006, Varndell was chosen in the England Saxons team for the 6 Nations, but after impressive displays for both Leicester Tigers and England in the Rugby Sevens at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, he was awarded with a two starting places on the first team, development tour to Australia. For the Elite players squad in the 2006/07 England Squad he was subsequently dropped and demoted back to the England Saxons side with new Leicester team mate, Jordan Crane.

In September 2006, Varndell played for Leicester's feeder club, Bedford Blues, and scored a try on his debut against Exeter Chiefs.

2007–08[edit]

The start of the 2007/08 season saw Varndell back on the wing in the starting 15 for Leicester's opening games in the Premiership. He scored 18 tries for Leicester during the 32 games he played in the 2007/08 season

In late 2007 his girlfriend Claire gave birth to a son called Taio Varndell.

Start of 2008 saw Varndell selected for the England Saxons squad. He started the first game against the Ireland A team, at Welford Road and scored.

He was selected in the England Saxons side that defeated Ireland A at Welford Road on 1 February 2008, bagging a brace in his first international since the tour to Australia 18 months prior.[4][5] Saxons coach Steve Bates was keen for him to put pressure on first team selection.[6]

Varndell was selected for the 2008 summer tour to New Zealand and started in the 2nd test against New Zealand in Christchurch, which England lost 44–12. Varndell did, however, score a try for his team.

He was named as a member of Martin Johnson's first England elite player squad ready for selection for the 2008/09 international season but was dropped before the start of the 2009 Six Nations.

He has continued to play with success for the England IRB sevens team, and was a try-scoring member of the England Saxons team in this year's (2009) Churchill Cup.

2009–10[edit]

Varndell moved to London Wasps and had an instant impact, scoring 4 tries in his first two matches. In his first London Wasps season he made: 26 starts, 3 replacement appearances, scoring: 19 tries, with a total of 95 points for London Wasps.

2012–13 Onwards[edit]

He continued his scoring record in the first game of the 2012–13 season playing against reigning champions Harlequins, a game in which he was the first player in the Premiership to have a try disallowed under the new TMO law for an earlier infringement.[7] As of the start of the 2013-14 season, he is the Aviva Premiership's third all-time top try scorer with 73 tries, behind the retired Steve Hanley (75) and the current all-time leader, Sale Sharks wing Mark Cueto (81).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wasps, London (28 August 2012). "Varndell Data". London Wasps. 
  2. ^ Kitson, Robert (10 December 2005). "Varndell finds feet on fast track to the top". The Guardian. 
  3. ^ Jones, Stephen (11 December 2005). "Varndell a racing certainty". The Times. 
  4. ^ "England Saxons squad for Ireland A match". RFU. 23 January 2008. Retrieved 3 February 2008. 
  5. ^ "Varndell shines in Saxons victory". BBC. 2 February 2008. Retrieved 3 February 2008. 
  6. ^ "Varndell stakes Six Nations claim". Sky Sports. 2 February 2008. Retrieved 3 February 2008. 
  7. ^ Aylwin, Michael (1 September 2012). "Champions Harlequins fight back from a 27-point deficit to beat Wasps". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 

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