YORKSHIRE CARNEGIE’S all-time record try-scorer Tom Biggs returns to Headingley once more admitting he still cannot believe he ever became a professional rugby player.
It is a decade since Biggs emerged from nowhere to play a crucial role for the club – then known as Leeds Tykes – in their remarkable recovery to avoid relegation from the Premiership and deliver a shock Powergen Cup final win at Twickenham.
Biggs – who arrives with Championship leaders Worcester Warriors tomorrow was an instant hit at Leeds with his try-scoring prowess, producing a spectacular effort against the mighty Leicester Tigers in only his second game and, after featuring in that cup final win over Bath, finished with 51 in 108 games before joining Newcastle Falcons in 2009.
“It just suddenly happened,” recalled Beverley-born Biggs, who went on to play for England Saxons and establish himself as one of the Premiership’s finest widemen.
“Being a professional rugby player was never something I set out to be – in fairness, I didn’t know what I wanted at all as a job and was just doing business studies at Leeds Met – but then the opportunity came around. It was all very weird but, by the end of that season, we’d won the Powergen Cup at Twickenham and stayed up, too, which was such a great feeling. But, for me, scoring that try when we beat Leicester was the highlight.”
Yorkshire Carnegie have spent the last four seasons in the Championship and look set for another after hopes of achieving an elusive promotion were dashed early this term after a dismal return under Gary Mercer. But, with Biggs’ former playing colleague Tommy McGee taking over, they have won four successive games under his command, three admittedly coming in the British & Irish Cup.
Worcester, meanwhile, have encountered few problems since being relegated last term and are well-primed for an immediate return but Biggs maintained: “We know Saturday will be tough.
“Carnegie are playing a lot more attacking football since the change in coach and you can see the rugby league influence they’ve brought in. They look well-organised.
“Everyone expected them to be a top-four side so they’ll be disappointed with how they started but that’s why the change had to be made. They have improved since as ther Jersey win showed.”