Harry Joseph Thacker, born on February 18, 1994, is an English rugby union player known for his exceptional skills as a hooker. He currently plays for Bristol Bears in Premiership Rugby. Thacker's father, Troy Thacker, was also a hooker who played for the Leicester Tigers, and his younger brother, Charlie, is part of the Nottingham team in the RFU Championship.
Thacker began his professional rugby career with the Leicester Tigers, where he made an impressive 70 appearances between 2013 and 2018. He had a breakthrough season in 2015/16, playing a vital role in the Tigers' journey to the semi-finals of the Aviva Premiership and the European Cup. Thacker's outstanding performance, including a remarkable try against Northampton Saints, earned him recognition as Try of the Season in the Premiership Awards.
He was also nominated for the LV= Young Player of the Year in the RPA Awards and received the Green Flag Forward of the Month award. Additionally, Thacker was named the club's Player of the Month on two occasions and received the supporters' Young Player of the Year award.
In January 2018, Thacker made the decision to leave Leicester Tigers and join Bristol Bears ahead of the 2018-19 season. His debut season with Bristol was nothing short of exceptional, with standout moments such as scoring a hat-trick against Wasps and a dazzling brace against his former club, the Tigers.
His performances earned him a place in the Guardian team of the year for the 2018/19 season.
Thacker's skill, energy, and versatility as a hooker have made him a valuable asset for Bristol Bears. His ability to contribute both in attack and defense has solidified his position as a key player within the team. As he continues to impress on the field, Thacker's impact and influence in Premiership Rugby remain significant.
|2018 - present|
|2023 - present|
|2014 - 2015|