Tom Willis with Chris Heal
Richard Huish College student Tom Willis has taken another step in his development as a Rugby player after making his debut for Somerset Under 20s at the weekend. Tom has been part of the Performance Development programme at Huish for the past two years, however, it’s within the last year that has seen him progress at pace. Head of Rugby, Chris Heal earmarked Tom as a player who would benefit from playing Men’s Rugby at the start of the year, and he subsequently joined up with at Clevedon RFC under the watchful eye of coaches Chris Heal and Nick Hill, who both coach as part of the Performance Programme at Huish and at Clevedon.
Tom was selected to represent the Somerset Under 20s after being spotted while playing for Clevedon and commented, “I was delighted when Chris asked me to train and play on a regular basis for Clevedon 1st team. Since I’ve been there, they’ve identified my best position on the pitch and I’ve been able to reach my potential. I would never have been able to get where I am now without Chris Heal and Nick Hill, who have both fully supported me throughout this process. I am really proud to have been selected for Somerset U20s and in our first match drew 10-10 against Devon in a close physical game.”
Rugby Coach, Chris Heal, commented, “Tom has been a shining example of what a Richard Huish Sports student should be. Tom has captained the first XV this year on occasions and led by example with an incredible amount of bravery and commitment. Tom has also made his debut for Clevedon Rugby Football Club this year and again shown through his ability, to listen and adapt, and has been an integral part of the first XV. In what has been a difficult year, he has grown into a quality player who can be relied upon every week to show leadership skills, and is a superb role model for other aspiring players making the transition from colts to senior rugby.”