- DOB3 Jul 1994
Northampton born and bred, Tom Collins first came onto the scene at Franklin’s Gardens as part of the Saints Junior Academy.
Both Collins’ father and grandfather played for Northampton Town FC, and Tom also spent some time playing for the Cobblers’ youth team before starting his rugby career at Franklin’s Gardens.
But after the Northampton School for Boys student impressed at youth level, he progressed quickly through the ranks at Saints and was duly noticed by the international selectors. Collins earned his place in the England age-group set-up; scoring twice as the England Under-19s beat France in 2012, before heading to the Under-20 Six Nations in 2013 and 2014 – helping the side to claim the title in the former.
After earning his Saints debut in 2013, Collins made himself a regular in the 2013/14 season, featuring in 13 games that term as well as the historic Premiership semi-final win over Leicester Tigers.
The winger was named the LV= Breakthrough Player of the Season for his standout performances in the following campaign before featuring heavily for the Wanderers in both the 2016/17 and 2017/18 campaigns where Collins collected back-to-back titles during the third-longest winning streak in Premiership Rugby Shield history.
In the 2017/18 season, Collins racked up his 50th appearance in Black, Green and Gold aged just 23, before playing the most rugby he had in a season during the first term of Chris Boyd's tenure. Featuring 25 times as Saints reached the knock-out stages of every competition and lifted the Premiership Rugby Cup, the prolific wing finished the season as Saints’ second-highest try-scorer with 11 scores to his name.
And Collins would add six more scores to his tally the following season while picking up the RPA Gain Line Award for his off-field efforts, before making his 100th Saints appearance in their third outing of the 2020/21 season against Bristol Bears.