An early starter when three years old at Esher RFC, courtesy of his dad David, Sam Spink won his first England cap against France at U17 level in April 2017 and scored a maiden try for the U18 side on his third appearance against South Africa in August.
Born in Kingston-upon-Thames, Sam opted for A Levels in maths, further maths, chemistry and PE at Wellington College, having previously attended Thames Ditton Junior and captained the Hinchley Wood Secondary School team.
He went on to lead the Wasps U15, U16 and U17 sides. Sam’s father played for Wellington College, Rosslyn Park and St Mary’s University and cousin Matt Keyte won honours at England U16 and U18 level and was contracted to Bath Rugby.
He said: “My mum Alison inspired me with the ‘sportiness’ that brought her 30 caps for England at netball. Dad coached me in my early days at Esher up to the age of 12 and four or five years later after more experience of academy and England age group rugby. I realised that I could play the game full-time.
"I had been disappointed to miss out on a place in the Harlequins academy and also not being picked for the England U16 team.”
Jack Musk, of Harlequins, is his best friend in the game and he also enjoys doing athletics, playing tennis and supporting Arsenal.
His holiday favourites at Menorca and Cornwall and he has a wide range of music tastes, including Ed Sheeran. Inception tops his movie list, Friends heads his TV choices and he likes Chinese food most.
5 points - 1T
2017 SA Tour: F, W(R), SA(R)
Last updated: 7 March 2018