English born but raised in Australia, Luke Collins brings experience and depth to the hooking department of Cornwall RLFC’s first ever squad.
The 24-year-old was born in London but emigrated with his family to Australia when he was just five. During his formative years growing up in Sydney, Collins played both rugby league and rugby union.
It was the 13-player code in which Collins caught the eye and he represented the famous Balmain Tigers club at age-grade level. The Tigers are the third most successful Australian club behind South Sydney and St George. In 2000, Balmain merged with Western Suburbs Magpies to become the Wests Tigers but the new entity continues to be connected to Balmain.
Collins also represented the North Sydney Bears at under-18 level – another club that are no longer in the top tier of Australian rugby league after a merger with Manly Sea Eagles that lasted just two years from 2000 to 2002. The Bears currently play in the New South Wales Cup, Australia’s equivalent to the rugby league Championship on these shores. They also act as a feeder club to NRL heavyweights the Sydney Roosters.
More recently, Collins has been playing rugby union in the Netherlands for RC Hilversum with the club occupying a place in the Ereklasse – the top level of Dutch rugby union.