Tom Kessell

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Tom Kessell
Date of birth (1990-02-21) 21 February 1990 (age 32)
Place of birth Truro [1]
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in) [2]
Weight90 kg (14 st 2 lb; 200 lb) [2] [3]
Rugby union career
Position(s) Scrum-half
Senior career
Cornish Pirates
Northampton Saints
Bristol Bears
Cornish Pirates
Correct as of 10 June 2021

Tom Kessell (born 21 February 1990) is a professional rugby union player for the Cornish Pirates in the RFU Championship. [4]



Playing at scrum-half, Kessell first began his rugby at the Cornish Pirates, as a youngster in 1995 before signing a professional contract in 2011. [5] Named as the Championship Player of the Season for the 2014–15 season, Kessell then made the switch to Aviva Premiership rugby and joined Northampton Saints in 2015. [6] The scrum-half became a regular in the second team, the Northampton Wanderers and helped them to lift the Aviva 'A' League trophy after defeating Gloucester United in the final at Franklin's Gardens in 2017. [7] On 25 June 2018 Kessell left Northampton Saints to return to the Championship with Coventry from, the 2018–19 season. [8]

He signed a one-year deal with Bristol Bears for the 2020–21 season. He had previously signed a short-term deal for the conclusion of the 2019–20 season. [9]

On 1 June 2021, Kessell returns to his hometown club Cornish Pirates in the RFU Championship ahead of the 2021-22 season. [10]

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  3. "Aviva Premiership Rugby - Northampton Saints". web page. Premier Rugby. Archived from the original on 29 February 2016. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
  4. Jones, Andrew (10 June 2021). "Kessell excited to be rejoining Cornish Pirates". The Cornishman. p. 52.
  5. "Tom Kessell - Scrum Half Cornish Pirates rugby player profile". Archived from the original on 15 September 2015.[ dead link ]
  6. "Tom Kessell: Northampton Saints sign scrum-half - BBC Sport". BBC Sport.[ dead link ]
  7. "WANDERERS 36 GLOUCESTER 15 The Wandies clinch the Aviva 'A' League title". Northampton Saints. Retrieved 8 July 2021.
  8. "Tom Kessell: Northampton Saints scrum-half to leave Premiership club". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 July 2021.
  9. "Trio sign permanent deals with Bears". Bristol Bears. Retrieved 10 November 2020.
  10. "Tom Kessell: Scrum-half leaves Bristol Bears to rejoin Cornish Pirates". BBC Sport. 1 June 2021. Retrieved 9 June 2021.