ISBN 9781781123997

Book 3 in my new Rugby Academy series.

Final title in my rugby trilogy. Owen and the Borderlands squad have fought hard to reach the World Championships in New Zealand. Now they’re 12,000 miles from home and about to face the mighty New Zealanders. They need to give it their all.  But Jesse is up to his usual tricks and Owen’s the only one with the guts to challenge him.  Can Owen step up to the mark?

owen card“Readers have been eagerly awaiting the final installment in this very engaging series for young rugby fans, an added bonus the last book is set in New Zealand!”  Alison Hewett, Kristin School

Published by Barrington Stoke.

Available now from your local library, bookshops, Amazon and Kindle.


Deadlocked, TomFind out more about the Rugby Academy series.

Read from the first chapter of Deadlocked  here.

Watch me read from Deadlocked and ask quiz questions soon here.


“a perfect for fit for young rugby fans” Mumsnet

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Tell me when you’ve read all three Rugby Academy books and I’ll send you a signed certificate (via your school if you prefer) by emailing me direct here.


As Deadlocked is set in New Zealand, there are special resources for New Zealand schools :

  • New Zealand letter to send home about rugby reading HERE
  • nz Deadlocked posterDownload Tom’s Eden Park New Zealand Rugby Poster HERE
  • Review by teacher Wendy Klyen and Nathan Jordan (11) in SPELD NZ’s The Record HERE
  • More New Zealand resources HERE 


Deadlocked Carousel“The theme of this book is not only about the sport of rugby but also reading reluctance, which is clever as this book is dyslexia friendly.  Well-written and exciting.” Carousel 


Rating: 5/5 Read Book Bag’s  5 star review here.

“Tom, your books gave a real flavour of the game for dyslexia sufferers using kids who had real problems of their own to contend with.  I really did think that Owen not being a great reader was a stroke of genius: that’s something that kids with dyslexia will be able to relate to.  Superb.”

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The Record, Speld NZReview by teacher Wendy Klyen and Nathan Jordan (11) in SPELD NZ’s The Record

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