PRESS RELEASE: January 23rd, 2008
“Moseley Rugby Club is pleased to announce the re-signing of experienced former
Moseley, Worcester and Bristol fly-half Tommy Hayes. The 34-year-old Cook
Islands International is available for selection for this weekend’s First
Division match at Newbury and will increase the options in the backs.
Supporters will remember the role that Tommy played last season after joining
Moseley in December and helping the club to safety upon its return to National
League One. Moseley Head Coach, Ian Smith, said “Tommy is a very experienced,
versatile player and kicker and he will add strength to an important area of the
Born in Tokoroa, N Zealand in 1973 Tommy is better known to UK rugby supporters
than he is own ‘back home’. He was Glasgow Rugby’s first ever player to reach
one hundred appearances against Llanelli at Stradey Park in April 2002. Two
weeks later he reached another major milestone when he became the first to reach
one thousand points for Glasgow , kicking a conversion in the league game
against Newport .
The next season in the newly formed Celtic league he racked up 105 points,
bettering it the following season with 111 (well in excess of Stephen Jones &
Ronan O’Gara). During this period even the Welsh Rugby Union heaped praise on
him describing him as “ Glasgow 's Tommy Hayes - the equal of any goal-kicker in
Europe.” in a match preview. (Source www.wru.co.uk)
Tommy had become a big favourite of the Glasgow fans in his time in Scotland
firstly with Glasgow Hawks, Glasgow Caledonians and then Glasgow Warriors.
However having played two games for the Cook Islands where his mother was born,
he was never eligible to gain Scottish honours. He was one of Glasgow 's most
popular players before leaving to join Worcester after the 2002-2003 season.
After his period at Worcester (starting in 2003/04) he moved to Bristol and, in
the words or Richard Hill from Bristol Rugby, “Tommy masterminded Worcester's
rise out of Division One …….he prefers not to stick to a rigid game plan and
enjoys freedom to play what he sees” Bristol added “As well possessing a real
desire to move the ball, Tommy is an accomplished goal kicker and possesses a
powerful left boot when kicking out of hand”