Tom was born in Wellington, and grew up in Dubbo, both in regional NSW. For the past 8 years he has been a professional rugby player for the NSW Waratahs, Western Force and has represented Australia, by playing for the Wallabies, on over 30 occasions. Before he became a professional rugby player, Tom completed a Bachelor of Medical Science, and was studying a Doctor of Medicine, both at the University of Sydney. Due to the time commitments of being a professional rugby player Tom suspended the Doctor of Medicine, and has gone on to complete a Master of Public Health and a Master of Philosophy (Medicine), both at the University of Sydney.
Tom is aiming to play at the Rugby World Cup in 2023 before going to Oxford to complete a Master of Public Policy. After Oxford Tom will complete the Doctor of Medicine before moving back to regional Australia. Tom is looking to combine clinical and public health work in regional Australia to improve health outcomes for regional Australians.