03 Feb 2017
Tom gets Bristol RFC call up...

This Sunday, 5 February 2017, marks an impressive and proud moment in the recent history of Bristol Grammar School RFC. The unexpected, but incredible, achievement of witnessing Tom Rowland selected in the Bristol RFC 1st XV match day squad to face West Country rivals Exeter Chiefs, in the Anglo-Welsh Cup. Unexpected… on the basis that even though Tom was predicted to be at Ashton Gate, this should have simply been as ball-boy, a role he has been doing and in charge of for a number of years.

However, his connection to the club extends far past that of supporting with logistics on match day. Having been an integral member of their Player Development Group over the past four seasons, Tom has made huge progression in his game, with the move from the back-row to loose head prop, only two years ago. He has dedicated his time and efforts to learning, competing and bolstering his abilities in this challenging position. He has worked tirelessly to prove himself and has been driven by success and expert coaching, both at the Academy and School. Tom fully deserves this call up into the Bristol squad and will take this learning opportunity in his stride.

As BGS 1st XV vice-captain, Tom has had an extremely successful season; with man of the match performances whilst on tour this summer in Australia, New Zealand & Singapore, as well as, dominating both the scrum and contact zones throughout our regular season. This has extended into the U18 Academy Premiership, where Tom continues to work hard on areas of his game and gain experience in the sport he loves.

Following in the successes of former BGS student and current academy coach Sean Marsden, Tom’s sporting goal sees him focussed on the opportunity of representing Bristol in the Aviva Premiership, in the near future – this opportunity certainly sees him well on his way to achieving this.

From all of the Bristol Grammar School community, we wish Tom all the best this weekend; no doubt there will be a huge number of supporters in the crowd willing him on. Without realising it he has already started to inspire the next generation of BGS Rugby players and we hope he wears the badge with pride, making the impact we know he is capable of…

Link: http://www.bristolrugby.co.uk/news/team-news-bristol-rugby-vs-exeter-chiefs-1/