Gloucester Rugby’s Tom Seabrook broke the Aviva Premiership Rugby record for the fastest try on debut on Saturday in the Cherry & Whites’ defeat to Saracens.
The England Under-20 winger took just 58 seconds to find the tryline at Allianz Park at the conclusion of a flowing Gloucester move that started in their own 22.
Full-back Jason Woodward made the initial break before offloading to Ben Vellacott who found Andy Symonds who sent Seabrook over in the corner.
The previous fastest debut tries were both scored inside two minutes by Harlequins’ Ricky Nebbett, against London Irish, and Jon Ions for Wasps – both in 1997.
Mike Davies was Gloucester’s previous fastest debut scorer when he scored after just three minutes against Newcastle Falcons in April 1999.
Saracens flanker Michael Rhodes is one of four players to have scored inside five minutes along with Will Carling, Nnamdi Ezulike and Matt Jones.
A new league record📖 for @T_Seabz ! 👏👏👏
His try yesterday for @gloucesterrugby was the quickest scored by a player on debut in the competition’s history💪#GLOvSAR #AvivaPrem pic.twitter.com/cksRAsIbxe
— Premiership Rugby (@premrugby) May 6, 2018
Fastest Debut Tries from The Start of a Match:
58s Tom Seabrook Gloucester at Saracens 5 May 18 (centre)
2’ Ricky Nebbett Quins v Irish 27 Dec 97 (prop)
2’ Jon Ions Wasps at Quins 13 Dec 97 (flanker)
3’ Mike Davies Gloucester at Falcons 25 Apr 99 (centre)
4’ Will Carling* Quins at Bath 23 Aug 1997 (centre)
4’ Nnamdi Ezulike Tigers v Quins 5 Sep 98 (wing)
4’ Matt Jones Irish at Gloucester 5 Sep 98 (fly-half)
4’ Michael Rhodes Saracens v Sale 17 Oct 15 (flanker)
* first day of Premiership Rugby
Within seconds of coming on:
Elvis Seveali’i Bath v Saracens 1 Mar 03 (wing)
Within a minute of coming on:
Janneman Brand Sale v Wasps 11 Sep 99 (back-row)
Kevin Dalzell Bath at Sale 23 Feb 02 (scrum-half)