The Twickenham Trials

NEW – I will be writing a 2018 World Cup live story for schools with the National Literacy Trust.   Please let us know if you would like the first chapter in advance and a reminder when it starts by emailing “World Cup Reminder”  to

Chapter 1 (a video of me reading it from Elland Road)

Itrialsf you missed any chapter from The Twickenham Trials they have been compiled here.

Don’t forget you can read more about Woody, Rory & Owen in my Rugby Academy books:

Combat Zone   Surface to air    Dead Locked


twickenham trials certificateSadly, The Twickenham Trials has now finished. I hope you have all enjoyed following it. Thanks for all your feedback and voting. I have really enjoyed writing it with you.

Download your signed certificate from Tom for following The Twickenham Trials here.

Watch Tom!

My answers to your burning questions about writing The Twickenham Trials are here.  So see if your school gets a shout out.

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Surface to air
Dead Locked


Rugby Academy Live Online StoryFrom Thursday 17th September to Friday 16th October, I wrote a daily story, set during the Rugby World Cup – as it happens. In 22 episodes lasting between 5 and 10 minutes, it was a thriller with lots of outrageous cliffhangers.


tom trophyIt was aimed at schools to be used as a classroom read. Or if your school is not taking part,  parents were invited to read it to their children at bedtime.  Schools were welcome to copy and paste the story onto their own blog / website to enable more families to follow the story.

I wrote each chapter the night before it was published, so that I could draw on Rugby World Cup events on and off the pitch and put them into an almost ‘live’ story.

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Rugby Academy

It was free and  published by the RFU, who commissioned me to write it.  It was based on the characters from Rugby Academy published by Barrington Stoke.

We have also produced  free literacy resources that you can use to inspire reading for pleasure around the Rugby World Cup. They can be found here.

Please do let us know if you are having any difficulties voting or downloading chapters.  Email me direct here or email info (at) 

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