London Irish's Tom Homer 'not ready yet for No 10 shirt'By Alan Manicom
April 13, 2012
Tom Homer believes he has a lot to learn before being considered as a potential fly-half for London Irish.
Exiles’ highly rated young full-back is the top scorer in the Aviva Premiership this season with 232 points.
And director of rugby Brian Smith has hinted that the 22-year-old could be even more of a threat as the team’s pivotal player.
Homer said: “I played No.10 a bit at school. It’s a position I enjoy, but I’m not sure I’ve got the attributes to play there at the moment. I need to learn game management, and how to control the game a bit more.
“It’s something I’d have to work on hugely if I wanted to play fly-half, but it’s always a possibility. I’m enjoying myself at 15 so we’ll just wait and see.”
Homer’s younger brother Will is more accustomed to playing at half-back. He came on as a replacement for England Under-16s in their 31-20 win over Italy in Parma last Saturday and in their 39-34 win over Wales at Wellington College on Wednesday.
Homer said: “He plays No. 9 but he dabbles at 10 as well – one to watch maybe. He’s got a good rugby brain.”
But there is no chance of the pair linking up at Irish in the near future as Homer said: “My brother is contracted to Bath at the moment, I just let him do his own thing – I won’t try to persuade him to come to Irish. It’s up to him.”