Pontypridd born Tom was of the stories of the 2009/10 season.
Having joined Newport RFC in 2008 from Cardiff Blues, where injury had restricted his appearances, the former carpet fitter made a massive impact, scoring 86 points in 27 appearances for the Black and Ambers.
When injuries to Ashley Smith and Rhodri Gomer Davies at the start of the 2009/10 season, Tom was called up for the Dragons to provide cover. Taking his opportunity, Riley put in some fantastic performances and secured a full-time position with the region. Tom signed a 2-year deal in January 2010 securing his presence at Rodney Parade until the end of the 2012 season.
A talented youth player, Tom was selected for Wales Youth U18s and played a pivotal role in an unbeaten season in the Six Nations and European Four Nations tournaments. Further international honours followed, representing the Wales FIRA U19 team in the Six Nations Championship and 2004 World Cup out in South Africa.
Establishing himself as a mainstay of the midfield unit for Pontypridd, Tom went on to gain international honours with Wales under 21s, helping the team to their Grand Slam achievement in 2005. He has also played for Wales on the Sevens circuit.
Unlike many of today’s crash centres, Tom’s wiry physique leads his to rely on his pace and agility to make yards for his team.
Despite racking up 3 tries in 10 appearances at the start of the season, Tom struggled for opportunities in the Dragons side during the second half of the 2011/2012 season and he joined Cornish Pirates in the RFU Championship for 2012/2013.
Season P W D L T C P Dg Pts
2009/2010 23 7 1 15 1 0 0 0 5
Matches Played In 2009/2010
|13/12/2009||Biarritz Olympique PB||CE||1||0||0||0||5|
|19/12/2009||Biarritz Olympique PB||CE||0||0||0||0||0|
2010/2011 27 9 1 17 4 0 0 0 20
Matches Played In 2010/2011
|01/10/2010||Benetton Rugby Treviso||CE||0||0||0||0||0|
|03/04/2011||Benetton Rugby Treviso||CE||0||0||0||0||0|
2011/2012 10 2 1 7 3 0 0 0 15
Matches Played In 2011/2012
Total 60 18 3 39 8 0 0 0 40
- Tom Riley scores in the corner 1/18 ©Huw Evans Images
- Tom Riley scores in the corner 2/18 ©Huw Evans Images
- Tom Riley bursts through the defence 3/18 ©Huw Evans Images
- Tom Riley bursts through the defence 4/18 ©Huw Evans Images
- Tom Riley tackled by McLaughlin and van der Merwe 5/18 ©Huw Evans Images
- Tom Riley beats Luke Marshall to score 6/18 ©Huw Evans Images
- Dragons Thomas Riley 7/18 ©Huw Evans Images
- Thomas Riley is tackled short of the line 8/18 ©Huw Evans Images
- Mathew Pewtner passes the ball to Thomas Riley 9/18 ©Huw Evans Images
- Newport Gwent Dragons v Russia, preseason friendly 10/18 ©Huw Evans Images
- Tom Riley dives over to score against Connacht 11/18 ©Huw Evans Images
- Up close with Tom 12/18 ©Huw Evans Images
- Tom waits at the Liberty Stadium 13/18 ©Huw Evans Images
- Tom tears through the Ospreys defence 14/18 ©Huw Evans Images
- Tom scores for the Dragons against Munster 15/18 ©Huw Evans Images
- Matthew Rees is tackled by Tom Riley 16/18 ©Huw Evans Images
- Tom in action against Glasgow 17/18 ©Huw Evans Images
- Tom supports Danny Lydiate at the RDS Showground 18/18