Former Sumner All Black Rugby member Cameron Tompkins was selected to the USA Rugby High School All-American Team in June. The former Goodpasture Christian star joined the existing team in Canada before going on tour with the team. He traveled through the Great White North, learning new techniques to invest in a game sort of foreign to him.
"I haven't been playing rugby long," Tompkins said. "My senior year of high school was my first actual season of rugby. I joined the team my junior year with three weeks left in the season and hardly played."
Tompkins admits that he gets most of his ability from the different sports he played in the past. Learning physicality from wrestling and the footwork and hands of football, Tompkins has positioned himself to be one of the best flankers on the pitch at any given time.
Recently, Tompkins was named to the hot list as one the top 50 flankers at the high school level by FloRugby.com
"I think I get most of my rugby skills from playing football and some from when I wrestled," Tompkins said. "I'd say one of my most impressive feats in rugby is from tackling; and one of the big reasons I'm above average at it is because playing those sports."
Moving on from the high school ranks, Tompkins will attend Western Kentucky University in the fall where he will double-major in political science and theatre. When he's not studying, Tompkins spends his time on the pitch with his new team - the Hilltoppers.
Playing openside flanker, Tompkins' main focus is causing havoc for the other team. During his time with the high school All-American team, Tompkins was a sponge soaking up every detail like his future depended on it.
"My favorite part about playing for the All-American team was learning as much as I did," Tompkins said. "The coaches and players were all super experienced and helped me understand how to play an advanced level of rugby. Playing for the All-Americans taught me that playing rugby isn't all about your genetic talent or athletic ability. It's your desire and work ethic to be the best you can be on the field."
If you can't catch Tompkins on the pitch, look for him at the theatre.
"I loved theatre," Tompkins added. "I loved watching plays, and I even loved being in them and acting."