Thompstone gives us the inside story on winning at Twickenham as a 15-year-old, how he was picked up after being dropped by a club's Academy, why he jumped at the chance to join the Tigers and how his Saxons call-up interrupted his TV viewing.
“The competition for places here is unbelievable and it’s hard to take when you're left out, but it's what I expected and you just have to get back in the race and do what you can,” he says.
“I was bitterly disappointed to miss the Premiership Final last year with injury but I celebrated it as much as anybody else. All I cared about was winning, that is all any of us cared about.”
George Chuter’s Inside Line returns to the Tigers programme this week, casting a unique eye over world events and his colleagues at Oval Park. And, yes, Julian Salvi does get a mention!
Also this week, we have the views of Peter Tom, Peter Wheeler, Richard Cockerill and club president Paul Dodge, a preview of the Academy’s international fixturesat Welford Road, news from around the Aviva Premiership, Fanzone and seven pages of hard-hitting photos showing how to make and take a tackle featuring your Tigers favourites.
The 100-page Tigers programme is on sale around the stadium, price £3.