Dino Lamb enjoyed a fine 2017 having played in the World Rugby U20 Championship as well as make his Premiership debut for Harlequins.
He was a member of the England U20 side that reached the final in Georgia, and is versatile forward who can plan anywhere in the back five.
He said: “I’ve figured in nine different positions. Up to three years ago, I wore every shirt in the three-quarters and since then I been in every pack role apart from the front row.”
He kicked off his playing days when eight with Worthing RFC. Dino continued: “My brother Oliver and I both started there. He was five years older than me and since then I’ve loved everything about the sport, its skill set and the team environment. It’s difficult to put into words what it is about rugby above any other sport. All I know is that I’m always looking at my game and wanting to improve it.”
Dino, who was born at Warwick Hospital, studied A-level geography, design and physical education at Cranleigh School, having attended Summerlea School in Rustington and Angmering School, both in West Sussex. A member of the Harlequins EPDG, he stepped up to the senior academy for the 2016/17 season.
He appeared for the club in the 2015 Singha Premiership Sevens and after being with Worthing from 2006/09, he played for Brighton from 2009/13.
His mentors at Harlequins are Howard Graham, the academy head coach and his assistant Jim Evans, while Andy Houston, the Cranleigh director of rugby, is playing an important role. In 2014, Dino played for Sussex and appeared for England U17 the following year. His burgeoning aims are to have a Premiership career with Harlequins, win more than 100 caps for England and play for the British & Irish Lions.
He also wants to set up a design business in rugby clothing and obtain a degree in human design.
Dino captained Harlequins U18 in an academy tournament at Bristol in 2015 but his most memorable games have included his first appearance for England U17 against France and debut for Harlequins A against Newport Gwent Dragons at Twickenham Stoop, his favourite ground. He started four matches in the World U20 Championship in 2017.
His top players read like a who’s who – Kieran Read, David Pocock, Billy Vunipola, Jonny Wilkinson and Sonny Bill Williams.
2017 World Championship – Sam, A, SA, NZ
5 points – 1T
2016 F(R), S, I(R), S, W SA Tour: F(R), SA 'A', SA
Last updated: 12 January 2018