- 26 Age
- 93kg Weight
- 186cm Height
Tom Banks has conjured memories of the great Chris Latham, and not solely because he is a dashing fullback who runs around with his socks down. Like Latham, Banks left his home state in order to achieve his rugby ambitions.
Born and bred in Brisbane, Banks is an excitement machine with blistering speed who has carved up many a team with his instinctive forays into the backline and natural line breaking ability. In 2014, he was unavailable for final selection for Australian U20s World Championship squad after injuring his shoulder during the training camp.
The following year Banks made his Super Rugby debut for Queensland against the Brumbies but only played one more match with the Reds through to the end of the 2016 season. Later that same year he lit up Brisbane’s Premier Grade and continued that form into the National Rugby Championship with Queensland Country to earn selection in the official Team of the Season.
Banks moved to the Brumbies prior to the start of the 2017 season and by the end of the year had been called into the Wallaby camp. He capped off a great season when chosen to represent the Barbarians against Australia. In 2018 Banks delivered a pair of dazzling performances in South Africa for the Brumbies, against the Lions and the Bulls, which made his selection for The Rugby Championship squad near irresistible.
Banks went on to earn his first Test cap off the bench when he replaced Bernard Foley in the second Bledisloe Cup Test played at Eden Park. Any disappointment with his surprise omission from the 2019 Rugby World Cup Squad was cast aside this year when, as the lynchpin in their backline, Banks proved critical in the Brumbies Super Rugby AU Championship victory.
Banks won his first Test cap off the bench when he replaced Bernard Foley in the 2nd Test, 12-40 defeat to New Zealand in Auckland. Matt To’omua moved to fly half in cover for Foley, Kurtley Beale shifted to inside centre and Banks took Beale’s place at fullback. He picked up a further two caps, both as a replacement, against South Africa in Brisbane and in the 3rd Bledisloe Test in Yokohama.
He earned three caps for the year, two of which came as the starting #15 – against South Africa in Johannesburg and against Samoa in Sydney.