Sam Maunder was always destined to play professional rugby after his family hit such heights in the sport.
His father, Andrew, won 149 league caps for Exeter and his brother, Jack, made it into the Chiefs senior side at just 19 years of age and played a part in the Premiership-winning side of 2016/17.
Jack then made his England debut against Argentina in the 2017 summer tour.
With a rugby-mad family, Sam aims to emulate his brother’s career path after being named in the England U17 side to face France in 2017.
Educated at Blundell’s School in Tiverton, Sam captained his team to the national final of the Champions Cup in 2017, playing alongside friends he had been part of a team with for many years.
At the start of 2018, Sam was picked to captain Chiefs Academy U18 side for the season, leading them to a 48-15 victory over London Irish in his first game as skipper.
His form continued to impress the England management, resulting in his inclusion into the 2018 England U18 squad, and Sam started at scrum half in the first fixture against France U18 in March.
With a clear passion for sport, Sam also played cricket for Devon, enjoys water sports in his spare time, and loves to fish on the south coast of England.
His greatest non-rugby achievement came in Exmouth when he caught an approximate half-century of fish in a single hour.