QLD Premier Rugby: Tom Court’s 14 year journey ends back at UQ where it all began

By Michael Atkinson From shotput to UQ to Ireland and India and back again, international prop Tom Court, is back where it all began, 14 years later. A promising athlete, Tom Court was on a trajectory to great things in the world of shotput in his early 20’s. But a disappointing twist of fate in relation to a representative team, and some complications with his health led Court to the beginning of a journey no one could have predicted. Needing to deal with some high blood pressure, the then 24-year-old was given the recommendation to take up a team sport “with some cardio”. As a student at University of Queensland in 2004, Court would see the rugby teams training on the fields at St. Lucia and decided to give rugby a go. “I just went down and joined the sixth-grade boys,” Court told Rugby News. “By the end of the season, I was packing down in the front row for Premier Grade in the Grand Final.” The front-rower’s rise to the professional ranks fro
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