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Alan Tomes
Birth nameAlan James Tomes
Date of birth (1951-11-06) 6 November 1951 (age 72)
Place of birthHawick, Scotland
Height1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight100 kg (220 lb; 15 st 10 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
- Gateshead Fell ()
- Hawick ()
Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
- South of Scotland
Scotland Probables
International career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1975 Scotland 'B' 1
1976-87 Scotland 48 (12)

Alan Tomes (born 6 November 1951) is a former Scotland international rugby union player.[1]

Rugby Union career

Amateur career

Born in Hawick, Tomes moved to Gateshead when he was 8 years old. He played rugby for Gateshead Fell.

His grandfather, still in Hawick, told Robin Charters of his rugby loving grandson in the north-east of England.

Tomes recalls:[2]

Dad got a phonecall from [club stalwart] Robin Charters: 'How big’s this boy of yours, Charlie?’ I was 6ft 5ins so I got asked up to Mansfield Park for a trial. Robin told me to go into the changing-room and introduce myself. Fourteen other guys wondered: 'Who’s this big bugger?’ I was a bit forward, calling myself a replacement for Jim Scott. Plus, Jim Renwick was in full flow with a funny story and I interrupted him. Not an auspicious first day!

He then played for Hawick.

Provincial career

He was capped by South of Scotland District.[3]

He played for Scotland Probables on 11 January 1975.[4]

International career

He was capped by Scotland 'B' against France 'B' in 1975.

He had 48 caps for Scotland.[5]

He toured South Africa in 1980 with the British and Irish Lions.

He also played for the Barbarians. Tomes remembered:[2]

I remember making a 50-yard break for the Barbarians and the attitude of my English colleagues was: 'Middle-rows just don’t do that.' England have never played a loose game whereas, bulk or no bulk, Scots have always wanted to have a go.


  1. ^ "Alan James Tomes". ESPN scrum.
  2. ^ a b "Interview: Alan Tomes on Scotland's first trip to Japan to play their 'wee guys'".
  3. ^ "The Glasgow Herald - Google News Archive Search".
  4. ^ – via British Newspaper Archive. ((cite web)): Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Rugby Union - ESPN Scrum - Statsguru - Player analysis - Alan Tomes - Test matches". ESPN scrum.