Tom Grimes joined Fylde a year ago after spending four seasons with Blaydon in National One. He played half a season at the Woodlands before badly injuring a finger in the pre-Christmas game against Caldy. He was already committed to playing in New Zealand but the injury brought his Fylde season to an end rather more quickly than planned. Up to then, he’d been an ever present in the claret and gold, making 16 appearances and scoring six tries. One of these was a serious contender for the Club’s try of the season, v Darlington Mowden Park at the Woodlands.

Off went Tom to the Land of the Silver Fern. What has been his exploits there? Well, he joined Wellington-based club Upper Hutt Rams. Tom played on the wing for Fylde, and has mixed wing and centre positions in New Zealand. He’s also comfortable at full-back. He has been a regular starter for the Rams and has made a major contribution to the team’s season.

Here is a collection of clips of Tom in running, passing and tackling action in the toughest of rugby countries.

He’ll be arriving back in the UK in August and should be available for the second of the pre-season games, against Ampthill at the Woodlands on the 25th August.