Versatile back Tom Penny started playing rugby aged four at Alnwick RFC, a club he represented up to the age of 16 along with his school rugby at RGS Newcastle. The North East native joined the Falcons’ junior academy at the age of 11, playing for England Under-18s Clubs & Schools. Making his first team debut in the 2013/14 LV= Cup, Penny’s first Aviva Premiership call-up came off the bench in December 2014 at home to Saracens. Able to operate at wing, centre or full-back, Penny scored his first Premiership try away to Northampton in the second week of the 2015-16 season, playing a total of six league games and the three European matches. A broken arm and then a serious knee ligament injury restricted him to just a single senior appearance during 2016-17, the following season seeing him make a pair of Premiership appearances against Saracens and Wasps, as well as scoring a try in a man-of-the-match performance at home to Russian side Enisei-STM. An injury-hit couple of seasons followed, Penny starting in the Falcons' memorable Champions Cup win away at Toulon in October 2018 before suffering a serious knee injury the following week in the home win over Montpellier.