Tom Ryder

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Tom Ryder
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Full name Thomas P. Ryder
Date of birth (1985-02-21) 21 February 1985 (age 30)
Place of birth Nottingham, England
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight 111 kg (17 st 7 lb)
School Southwell Minster School
Uppingham School
University University of Hertfordshire
Rugby union career
Current status
Current team Saracens
Playing career
Position Lock
Youth clubs
Newark R.U.F.C.
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Leicester Tigers
Glasgow Warriors
Glasgow Warriors
Northampton Saints
correct as of 19 May 2013.
Provincial/State sides
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2008 Taranaki 6 (5)
correct as of 24 October 2012.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
England U16
England U18
England U19
England U21
Scotland A


correct as of 24 October 2012.

Thomas P. "Tom" Ryder (born 21 February 1985 in Nottingham, England) is a rugby union player who plays at lock for Northampton Saints after signing from Glasgow Warriors in 2015. At a national level he has played for the England U21 team as well as at U19, U18 and U16 level, prior to representing Scotland.

Early life[edit]

Ryder was born in Nottingham, England on 21 February 1985 and educated at Southwell Minster School and Uppingham School. He began playing rugby at the age of seven at Newark R.U.F.C. before joining Leicester Tigers Academy system at the age of 16, having captained England's under-16 side.[1]

Playing career[edit]

Leicester Tigers 2001–05[edit]

Ryder made 3 appearances in the Zurich Premiership for Leicester Tigers. During his time with the club, Ryder captained England at Under 19 level.[2] Ryder left the Tigers to join Saracens in the summer of 2005.[3]

Saracens 2005–11[edit]

Ryder broke into Sarries first team towards the end of the 2005–06 season and has since become a regular. During the opening months of the 2008–09 season, Ryder played for Taranaki in the 2008 Air New Zealand Cup.[4]

Glasgow Warriors[edit]

During the opening months of the 2010–11 season Ryder went on loan to injury hit Glasgow Warriors returning to Sarries at the start of November 2010.[5] Ryder signed a two-year contract with Glasgow for the 2011–12 season.


Ryder has captained England at U-16 and U-19 levels, as well as playing at U-18. He represented England at the 2006 U21 World Championship.[6] Ryder switched his allegiance and made his debut for Scotland A against the USA in November 2010,[7] qualifying through his Glasgow born father,[8]


  1. ^ "Leicester Tigers Profile". Leicester Tigers official site. 22 April 2005. Retrieved 17 December 2007. 
  2. ^ "Ryder and Gregory to take on Italians". Leicester Tigers official site. 13 February 2004. Retrieved 9 July 2009. 
  3. ^ "Saracens have signed second row forward Tom Ryder". RFU. 22 April 2005. Retrieved 9 July 2009. 
  4. ^ "Importance of shield match not lost on Ryder". Taranaki Rugby. 9 August 2008. Retrieved 9 July 2009. 
  5. ^ "Tom Ryder agrees loan switch to Glasgow Warriors". BBC Sport. 26 August 2010. Retrieved 24 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "England U21 31–12 Scotland U21". BBC Sport. 17 June 2006. Retrieved 9 July 2009. 
  7. ^ "Scotland A 25–0 USA Eagles". BBC Sport. 20 November 2010. Retrieved 24 November 2010. 
  8. ^ "Saracens lock Tom Ryder could have extended loan stay at Glasgow". The Scotsman. 27 August 2010. Retrieved 24 November 2010. 

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