Tom Voyce

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Tom Voyce
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Full name Thomas Michael Dunstan Voyce
Date of birth (1981-01-05) 5 January 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Truro, Cornwall
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 95 kg (14 st 13 lb)[1]
Notable relative(s) Thomas Anthony Voyce, great uncle
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Fullback, Wing
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2000–2003
2003–2009
2009–2012
2012–2013
Bath
London Wasps
Gloucester
London Welsh
55
124
38
(75)
(215)
(40)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2001–2006 England 9 (15)

Thomas Michael Dunstan Voyce (born 5 January 1981)[2] is a former English rugby union player who played at wing or fullback. He previously played for England.

Biography[edit]

born 5 January 1981 in Truro, Cornwall.

Voyce's great uncle, Thomas Anthony Voyce, won 27 caps for England, while playing for Gloucester Rugby, during the 1920s[3] and was a member of the first double Grand Slam winning team. He went on to become President of the RFU in 1960–61.[4]

Voyce was educated at Penair School, Truro and then studied at King's College, Taunton.[2][5]

Outside the rugby field, Voyce is an Ambassador of the Wooden Spoon Society.[6]

Career[edit]

He first showed promise playing mini rugby at Penryn RFC in his native Cornwall, before going on to play for Truro RFC U15s and U16s.[2]

Bath 1997–2003[edit]

Having left Cornwall at 16, he eventually joined Bath where he worked his way through the club's lower sides and into the Zurich Premiership line up. At the same time he established himself in the England Under 21 side.[7] He was selected for England's 2001 tour to North America,[8] where he won his first cap against the USA.[9]

Wasps 2003–2009[edit]

In 2003 he moved to London, to join Wasps for the 2003–04 season[10] and quickly established himself as a first team regular. He played in 34 of his club's 35 matches that season, scoring 15 tries in the process.[11] In November 2004 he scored the quickest try in Premiership history when he gathered a loose ball from kick off and crossed by the posts in 9.63 seconds against Harlequins,[12] beating Martin Corry's record by 14 seconds. Voyce was in the starting line up for the 2004 England summer tour matches against New Zealand in Auckland[13] and Australia in Brisbane.[14]

In 2005 he marked his first Twickenham Test appearance with two tries against Samoa.[15]

Voyce was selected for every match of the 2006 Six Nations Championship.[16] Initially selected for the bench in England's opener against Wales, Voyce quickly found himself on the pitch replacing injured Josh Lewsey, also scoring a try in the process.[17] This injury meant that Voyce secured the number 15 jersey for the next game against Italy.[18] However, Lewsey was soon fit again in time for the 3rd game, which meant that Voyce was once again relegated to the bench. After losing two games in a row, changes were made to the England squad meaning England regular Lewsey was dropped, opening up the fullback position for Voyce to start against Ireland.[19] Later that year, he played his last international to date against Australia, in Sydney.[20] His performance in such game was – according to himself – quite poor, and this might have jeopardised his international career.[21]

Gloucester 2009–2012[edit]

In March 2009, it was announced that he would join Gloucester Rugby from the 2009–10 season.[22][23][24]

April 2012, departure from Gloucester announced.[25]

London Welsh 2012–2013[edit]

In October 2012, he joined London Welsh.[26] On 16 May 2013, it was announced Tom Voyce would retire from all forms of rugby with immediate effect.[27]

2013 - Present[edit]

Tom Voyce now works for Foreign Exchange Broker Baydonhill FX. [28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aviva Premiership Rugby – Gloucester Rugby". web page. Premier Rugby. Retrieved 31 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Voyce's profile". England Rugby. 2 May 2007. Retrieved 17 September 2009. 
  3. ^ "Tom Voyce's profile". ESPN/scrum.com. Retrieved 17 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "Tom Voyce". Inspirational People. Retrieved 17 September 2009. 
  5. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/club/3005149/Voyce-confident-of-making-a-big-noise.html Retrieved 11 January 2011
  6. ^ Sarah Griffiths (23 January 2009). "Voyce nominated Ambassador". Wooden Spoon Society. Retrieved 17 September 2009. [dead link]
  7. ^ "Voyce's Under 21 selection". Bath Rugby. 4 April 2002. Retrieved 17 September 2009. 
  8. ^ "England selections". Bath Rugby. 1 May 2001. Retrieved 17 September 2009. 
  9. ^ "USA v England 2001". ESPN/scrum.com. Retrieved 17 September 2009. 
  10. ^ "Voyce leaves Bath". Bath Rugby. 14 May 2003. Retrieved 17 September 2009. 
  11. ^ "Voyce's 2003/04 stats (Premiership only)". Guinness Premiership. Retrieved 17 September 2009. [dead link]
  12. ^ Christopher Lyles (6 November 2004). "Wasps v Harlequins game report". Telegraph. Retrieved 17 September 2009. 
  13. ^ "N. Zealand v England 2004". ESPN/scrum.com. Retrieved 17 September 2009. 
  14. ^ "Australia v England 2004". ESPN/scrum.com. Retrieved 17 September 2009. 
  15. ^ "England v Samoa 2005". ESPN/scrum.com. Retrieved 17 September 2009. 
  16. ^ "Voyce's international career". ESPN/scrum.com. Retrieved 17 September 2009. 
  17. ^ "England v Wales 2006". ESPN/scrum.com. Retrieved 17 September 2009. 
  18. ^ "Italy v England 2006". ESPN/scrum.com. Retrieved 17 September 2009. 
  19. ^ "England v Ireland 2006". ESPN/scrum.com. Retrieved 17 September 2009. 
  20. ^ "Australia v England 2006". ESPN/scrum.com. Retrieved 17 September 2009. 
  21. ^ Mick Cleary (12 October 2008). "Voyce discusses his international chances". Telegraph. Retrieved 17 September 2009. 
  22. ^ "Voyce leaves Wasps". London Wasps. 20 March 2009. Retrieved 8 May 2009. 
  23. ^ Anna Mitchell (20 March 2009). "Voyce delighted to Sign for Gloucester". Gloucester Rugby. Retrieved 6 March 2011. 
  24. ^ "Voyce has big boots to fill at Gloucester". This Is Bristol. 21 March 2009. Retrieved 8 May 2009. 
  25. ^ "Mike Tindall heads Gloucester departure list". bbc. 25 April 2012. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  26. ^ "London Welsh sign former Gloucester wing Tom Voyce". BBC Sport. 26 October 2012. Retrieved 3 December 2012. 
  27. ^ "Tom Voyce to retire with immediate effect". The Oxford Times. 16 May 2013. 
  28. ^ https://www.baydonhill.com/news/tom-voyce-from-rugby-pitch-to-sales-pitch

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