Tom Banks (rugby)

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For the rugby league footballer of the 1930s for England, and Huddersfield, see Thomas Banks (rugby league).
For the rugby league Prop, and Second-row of the 1930s for Castleford, and St. Helens, see Tom Banks (rugby league).
Tom Banks
Personal information
Full name Thomas Banks
Born 17 August 1858
Salford, Lancashire
Playing information
Rugby union
Position Half-back, Three-quarters, Forward
Years Team Pld T G FG P
≤1883–≥88 Swinton
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1888 British Isles 8 2
Rugby league

Thomas "Tom" Banks (born 17 August 1858[1] — death unknown) birth registered in Salford, Lancashire, was a rugby union footballer of the 1880s, playing at representative level for British Isles, and Lancashire, and at club level for Swinton, as a Half-back, Three-quarters, or Forward. Prior to Tuesday 2 June 1896, Swinton were a rugby union club.

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Tom Banks won cap(s) for British Isles while at Swinton on the 1888 British Lions tour to New Zealand and Australia, against Otago on Saturday 28 April 1888, against Otago (1-Try) on Wednesday 2 May 1888, against Canterbury on Wednesday 9 May 1888, against Wellington on Saturday 12 May 1888, against Queensland on Saturday 25 August 1888, against Newcastle (1-Try) on Wednesday 29 August 1888, against Auckland on 8 September 1888, and against Auckland on Wednesday 12 September 1888.[2]

Change of code[edit]

When Swinton converted from the rugby union code to the rugby league code on Tuesday 2 June 1896, Tom Banks would have been approximately 37 years of age. Consequently, he may have been both a rugby union and rugby league footballer for Swinton.

Outside of rugby[edit]

Tom Banks studied at the University of Edinburgh Medical School, while there, he won the Long-distance swimming championship.[3]


  1. ^ "Birth details at". 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "Statistics at". 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Football – British Football Team's Visit To New Zealand.". 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 

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