Tom Ryder

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Tom Ryder
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Birth nameThomas P. Ryder
Date of birth (1985-02-21) 21 February 1985 (age 34)
Place of birth Nottingham, England
Height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight111 kg (17 st 7 lb)
School Southwell Minster School
Uppingham School
University University of Hertfordshire
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Current team Yorkshire Carnegie
Youth Career
1992–2001 Newark R.U.F.C.
Senior career
Leicester Tigers
Glasgow Warriors
Glasgow Warriors
Northampton Saints
Yorkshire Carnegie
Correct as of 19 May 2013
Provincial / State sides
2008 Taranaki 6 (5)
Correct as of 24 October 2012
National team(s)
England U16
England U18
England U19
England U21
Scotland A


Correct as of 24 October 2012

Thomas P. Ryder (born 21 February 1985 in Nottingham, England) is a former rugby union player who played at lock, latterly for Yorkshire Carnegie in the RFU Championship.

Nottingham City and unitary authority area in England

Nottingham is a city and unitary authority area in Nottinghamshire, England, 128 miles (206 km) north of London, 45 miles (72 km) northeast of Birmingham and 56 miles (90 km) southeast of Manchester, in the East Midlands.

Rugby union Team sport, code of rugby football

Rugby union, widely known simply as rugby, is a contact team sport which originated in England in the first half of the 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand. In its most common form, a game is between two teams of 15 players using an oval-shaped ball on a rectangular field with H-shaped goalposts at each end.

Yorkshire Carnegie rugby union team

Yorkshire Carnegie is an English rugby union club in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, playing in the RFU Championship.


Early life

Ryder was born in Nottingham, England on 21 February 1985 and educated at Southwell Minster School and Uppingham School. He began playing rugby at the age of seven at Newark R.U.F.C. before joining Leicester Tigers Academy system at the age of 16, having captained England's under-16 side. [1]

Minster School is a voluntary aided Church of England secondary school with sixth form in Southwell, Nottinghamshire, England, for children aged 11 to 18. It is an academy converter and will change status at the end of November 2018. There are approximately 1600 students on roll. It has a small selective junior section for boy and girl choristers from Southwell Minster and other pupils chosen for their musical ability. It has a smaller than average proportion of pupils on free school meals, or of minority ethnic origin or with Statement of Special Educational Needs.

Uppingham School Public school independent boarding school in Uppingham, Rutland, England

Uppingham School is a co-educational independent school situated in the small market town of Uppingham in Rutland, England. The school was founded in 1584 by Robert Johnson, the Archdeacon of Leicester who also established Oakham School.

Leicester Tigers English rugby union club

Leicester Tigers is an English professional rugby union club based in Leicester, England. They play in Premiership Rugby, England's top division of rugby.

Club career

Ryder made three appearances in the Zurich Premiership for Leicester Tigers. During his time with the club, Ryder captained England at Under 19 level. [2] Ryder left the Tigers to join Saracens in the summer of 2005. [3]

Saracens F.C. Professional Rugby union club in England

Saracens Football Club are an English professional rugby union team based in London, England. Established in 1876, they play in Premiership Rugby, the top level of domestic rugby union in England, where they are the reigning champions and have won the title five times. They are also the current title holders of the European Rugby Champions Cup, a tournament which they have won more times than any other English team, with three titles, won in 2016, 2017 and 2019. Since 2012, Saracens have played their home games at Allianz Park in Hendon, in the London Borough of Barnet; previous grounds have included Vicarage Road in Watford, and Bramley Road. The club's home playing colours are black and red.

Ryder broke into Sarries first team towards the end of the 2005–06 season and became a regular. During the opening months of the 2008–09 season, Ryder played for Taranaki in the 2008 Air New Zealand Cup. [4]

Taranaki Rugby Football Union

The Taranaki Rugby Football Union is a governing body of rugby union in the New Zealand province of Taranaki. The main stadium is Yarrow Stadium which is located in New Plymouth.

The 2008 Air New Zealand Cup was a provincial rugby union competition involving 14 teams from New Zealand. Matches started on Thursday 31 July 2008, and continued until the final on 25 October 2008.

During the opening months of the 2010–11 season Ryder went on loan to injury hit Glasgow Warriors returning to Sarries at the start of November 2010. [5] Ryder signed a two-year contract with Glasgow for the 2011–12 season.

The 2010–11 Magners League was the tenth Celtic League season and the fifth with Magners as title sponsor. The regular season began on 3 September 2010 and finished on the weekend of 6–8 May 2011. During these stages, each team played every other team both home and away and were awarded points according to the standard bonus point system. This was the second season to follow the play-off structure to determine the Magners League champion, with the top four teams qualifying for the semi-finals. The winner of each semi final advanced to the Grand Final, which took place 28 May and was hosted by the team that finished highest in the table following the regular season. The title was won by Munster who defeated Leinster by 19–9 at Thomond Park.

Glasgow Warriors Scottish rugby union franchise

Glasgow Warriors are one of the two professional rugby union sides from Scotland. The team plays in the Pro14 league and in the European Professional Club Rugby tournaments. In the 2014-15 season they won the Pro12 title and became the first Scottish team to win a major trophy in rugby union's professional era.

Ryder's best season with Glasgow was in 2011/12, when he was voted into the Pro12 Dream Team. Ryder left Glasgow in January 2015 to play for Northampton until the end of the 2014/15 season.

On 1 May 2015, Ryder signed for Yorkshire Carnegie who were competing in the RFU Championship in the 2015–16 season. [6]

The RFU Championship, known for sponsorship reasons as the Greene King IPA Championship from 2013–14, is the second tier of the English rugby union league system and was founded in September 1987. The twelve-side league was known as National Division One and in 2009 changed from semi-professional clubs to fully professional. The 2018 champions were Bristol Bears as they won the league. They won automatic promotion to Premiership Rugby.

Ryder retired from professional rugby in May 2016, noting that injuries in latter years had made it impossible to recapture his peak form.

International career

Ryder has captained England at under-16 and under-19 levels, as well as playing at under-18. He represented England at the 2006 Under-21 World Championship. [7] Ryder switched his allegiance and made his debut for Scotland A against the USA in November 2010, [8] qualifying through his Glasgow born father, [9] He made his debut for Scotland during their 2012 summer-test series against both Fiji and Samoa. [10] [11]

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