Words of praise for Brett Deacon, the Leicester lock, come from Sam Grahamslaw, who made his England U18 debut in the 39-20 win over Ireland at Parc y Scarlets in April. Sam said: “He was my Tigers Academy coach during my U17 season and he taught me a lot about the game. I joined the academy at U16 level, having had trials when I was in the U14 age group.”
Paris-born Sam attended Guilsborough School in Northampton before moving on to Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College, Leicester where he is studying for A-levels in biology, physics and maths. He captained the QE College AASE League team this season. Sam lives in Market Harborough, where he started playing with the local club for the U8 team. His Leicester senior debut was against Newcastle Falcons in the A-League two years ago and he can play in the front or back row.
His rugby hero at an early age was Jason Robinson and his general sporting idol was Michael Schumacher. Sam said: “My brother is the current captain of the Yorkshire U20 side, my dad Angus played for the South of Scotland regional team and my uncle represented Scotland U18 and U19 and was also with London Scottish. My mum Gill was a county netball player.”
Only last season did he realise that rugby could be his potential career and he marked his second England U18 game with one of his side’s seven tries in the 45-24 win over Scotland at Ystrad Mynach in April. He had enjoyed athletics when he was younger, is now involved in tennis during the summer and enjoys watching football. “Yes, I am a Leicester City fan,” he said. His biggest rugby-playing mates are Tommy Reffel and Tom Hardwick of the Tigers, Hinckley’s Oscar Harper and Ollie Russell, of Solihull.
The south of France is where he likes to holiday and musically, Drake is his top artist. The film Step Brothers appeals to him as does he TV show Inbetweeners. He is partial to Chinese food and, off the field, passing his driving test with no minors, is his high spot.
5 points – 1T
2017 I(R), S(R)
Last updated: 5 May 2017