• Opta stats from an impressive win over Newcastle Falcons in round one put Tom in the shortlist
  • Tom was amongst 9 other LV= Breakthrough Player nominees who faced a public vote
  • LV= will donate £1000 to a grassroots club of his choice

The twenty-year-old won the award after 5 weeks of voting by the public

Collins was nominated back in November after round one of the competition. Opta stats confirmed an impressive performance from the Saints Academy graduate, scoring two tries and assisting on a third during his club's 37-23 win over Newcastle Falcons. A workhorse around the park, Collins boasted 18 carries during the game while gaining 175 metres throughout the fixture at Franklin's Gardens. A force in defence as well as attack, the full back beat seven defenders during his club's opening LV= Cup campaign.

Speaking after the announcement of his win at Franklin's Gardens where the 2014/15 LV= Cup Final is taking place this Sunday – Tom said:

"It's a real honour to have been named as the LV= Breakthrough Player and I'd like to thank everyone who took the time to vote for me. The standard of the competition was very high so to be singled out is a huge achievement.

"I'm really enjoying my rugby at the moment, and have undoubtedly benefitted from the LV= Cup experience. It's a great platform to show what you can do as a player. It's obviously disappointing that we didn't make the final, especially as it's at Franklin's Gardens but I'm sure it will be still be a great occasion."

On behalf of Tom, LV= will donate £1,000 to a grassroots club of his choice, reflecting the important role the community game has on developing the career of future stars.

Previous LV= Breakthrough Player Award winners:

2012: Jonny May
2013: Jack Nowell
2014: Ollie Devoto

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