A Drogheda native, Tom spent time in Australia before moving back to Ireland, having tracked his progress down under the IRu were keen to get him back in their system.
O’Toole first took to Gaelic football and soccer and played Aussie Rules when his family had settled in Brisbane.
He began to shine on the rugby pitch in Padua College, a school that has produced several high-profile AFL and NRL players. He played for a Reds development side and then the Queensland Schoolboys in 2015.
Tom enrolled at Campbell College before moving into the Ulster Academy, while playing his club rugby with Banbridge in the AIL 1B.
Tom is considered as one of the finest prospects in the Ulster set-up, having impressed in his first few appearances for the province’s ‘A’ side.
He was selected for the Ireland U20's squad during the 2018 Six Nations Championship & impressed at the tournament.
His contract at Ulster advanced to a senior contract from the 2019-20 season until June 2022.
January 2020 saw O'Toole get a call-up in Ireland's 35-man squad as one of 5 uncapped players for the 2020 Six Nations.
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