Tom Staniforth

Super Rugby Caps 21

 

Height Weight
198cm 113kg
Born Hometown
13 / 08 / 1994 Canberra
BIO

He’s been touted the next big thing in Brumbies rugby having been in and around the fulltime squad since he was a schoolboy at Canberra Grammar. But for Tom Staniforth, the hard work starts now as he prepares to prove he’s got what it takes to forge a career at the top level.

Staniforth graduated to the Brumbies top grade in 2015 after slugging his way through two full seasons of professional training. He has consistently been rated as the top graduate from his age group and Captained the Australian U20s during their trial period in 2014.

Still only 21, Staniforth has already managed to squeeze an amazing amount into his short career including two stints with the Australian Schoolboys, two Junior World Cups, three senior seasons with Royals and a Super Rugby debut with the Brumbies in Brisbane during their big win over the Reds. Described as an odd-ball by some of his Brumbies teammates, Staniforth is the sort of bloke who you’ll find ironing his underpants on a Saturday night. But once he gets on the field, the man-child forgets his social short comings and turns into a monster. Seeing this beast in action is worth the admission price alone.

At club level, Staniforth has been a revelation for the Royals in the John I Dent Cup, dominating for the same side his dad and brother played for several years earlier. He was rewarded with a spot in the ACT XV in 2014 and impressed with big performances against Tonga A, Samoa A and the Argentinian Pampas outfit.

A great, thumping lump of a lad, Staniforth has one of the biggest sets of legs a teenager has ever grown.

In 2015 Staniforth had a club year to remember. He was a member of the Grand Final winning Canberra Royals and was named the MacDougall Medal Winner – the highest individual honour a player can receive from the local competition.

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