This month, the School watched its first rugby playing OD collect a full cap for England in the First Test of the 2012 summer tour to South Africa. He was subsequently picked for the starting line-up in the consecutive two matches.
On Saturday 9 June Tom (who left DCS in 2000) made his full England debut in the starting line-up at blind side flanker in Stuart Lancaster’s side that faced the Springboks at Kings Park, Durban. Tom plays for Exeter Chiefs in the Aviva Premiership and has previously earned honours with England Saxons and the Barbarians. Old school friends were there to watch, including former Head of School, Paul Marchand, who said : “Tom did a superb job and seemed to thoroughly enjoy every moment. He was a real nuisance to the opposing Springboks and made a real impression in his first start. It seemed a far cry from days growing up with Tom at DCS playing rugby 7s at Rosslyn Park or touring Kenya playing cricket!”