This week, Team Great Britain revealed its new Olympics uniforms, designed by Stella McCartney for Adidas.
Never mind Tom Daley, who's that on the end pic.twitter.com/pL0lG65Ztz
— Dorian Gray (@DanielMRussell) April 27, 2016
— Adam W (@adampatrickw) April 27, 2016
OMG, Tom Mitchell is an even hotter version of Toves! pic.twitter.com/qJqpt4JL8w
— Jamie Keenan (@KeenanJamie) April 28, 2016
I mean the Rio kit is alright. Tom Mitchell can wear it whenever he likes though…
— Jonny Will Chambers (@jonwillchambers) April 27, 2016
The English Sevens captain and Team GB Rio hopeful was breaking in the new Team GB rugby uniform.
— Tom Mitchell (@TBobbyMitchell) April 20, 2016
The 26-year-old is 5’7” and 187lbs of pure muscle. Competing in the World Rugby Sevens Series and the Commonwealth Games, he’s played on rugby fields around the world—and in our dreams.
Rugby is actually returning to the Olympics for the first time since 1924. Men’s and women’s teams will compete in Brazil for two days in August.
— Ben (@sparksofben) April 27, 2016
Tom is from Cuckfield, West Sussex, and has been playing rugby since he was a kid. He studied at Bristol University, eventually moving to Oxford to help the team there beat Cambridge in 2011.
He’s been playing for the English Sevens squad since 2012, and he was the top points-scorer in the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series which helped him earn the HSBC England Sevens Player of the Year Award in 2014. Which means we got to see him in a tux.
Tom’s grown up quite a bit since 2012: He likes Sunday nights by the fire, looking stylish AF, pulsing his NutriBullet, all the free Adidas shoes he can wear, and being dedicated to his scruff game, which he hasn’t always had.
I'm seeing progress!Unfortunately, my fundraising for the fight against male cancer isn't! pic.twitter.com/3QAVjmQM
— Tom Mitchell (@TBobbyMitchell) November 16, 2012
(P.S. Send these old shorts our way PLEASE.)
— Tom Mitchell (@TBobbyMitchell) December 31, 2012
While the final Team GB squad won’t be revealed until July, Tom’s stellar performance these last few years means he’s basically a guarantee to play in Rio. And thankfully there’s not much time difference between the U.S. and Brazil, so you can bet we’ll be tuning in live to catch his skillful ball-handing.
“When I was growing up, the dream was to play rugby for England or go to the Olympics as a sporty youngster,” Tom told the Mid Sussex Times in March. “But as I got into rugby, you know the Olympics is not ever a goal because it is not an opportunity.”
Now that the sport is back at the Games, “there will be a lot of people who will be getting involved in the sport that haven’t been involved before or even watched it before.”
Oh, we’ll be watching, Tom.
Watching you give press conferences in tight polos.
And exercise before games.
And recover nicely.
— Tom Mitchell (@TBobbyMitchell) May 26, 2015
We do wish this was us you were being super-friendly with.
We’d gladly give you a try or a thousand with us any day.
Like we said: Definition. Scruffy. Even Mary Berry approves.
And in case you can spring a quick trip to London this Saturday, Tom will be playing with The Flair Bears. We’re not making this up. Look at these guys:
Learn more about Tom by watching/drooling over this 2012 video: