Tom went to school at De La Salle College Churchtown, Dublin which also produced another Lansdowne and Ireland prop, Des Fitzgerald. On leaving school he initially joined Old Belvedere and was selected at Leinster under 19 level. He soon “saw the light” and joined Lansdowne where he gave great service in the front row with Des Fitzgerald.
He declared for Connaught and represented the province for several years during which he was awarded Ireland B caps and Ireland under 25 representations before finally winning his full Irish caps. He won 3 Leinster Senior Cup and 2 Leinster Senior League medals with the Club.
First cap v Wales 5/3/1988
Last cap v Scotland 4/3/1989