Northampton-born Tom Collins has come on leaps and bounds after graduating from the Saints Academy last December.
Local lad, Tom, was brought up playing rugby surrounded by his Saints heroes, but little did he know that at just 19-years-old he would be part of the Northampton side that beat East Midlands rivals Leicester Tigers in a Premiership semi-final.
Over the course of the season Tom made 10 appearances on the wing or at full back and scored his first Premiership try in the win at Worcester in November. He started the famous Heineken Cup win over Leinster in Dublin, too.
He has also made appearances in an England shirt playing for the Under-20s against Ireland last February and only missed out on back-to-back Under-20 World Championship through untimely injuries.
Both his Father and Grandfather played for Northampton Town FC, as did Tom, who spent time in the Cobbler’s Youth team before moving a mile down the road to start his rugby career at Franklin’s Gardens.