Since the age of six, Sam Aspland-Robinson, in his own words “has never stopped playing the game.” He said: “My father sent me down to my local club Tring for a weekend.” Sam studied economics, politics and geography at Wellington College but his education began at Caldicott Prep School at Farnham Common, Buckinghamshire in 2005.He joined the Harlequins Academy in 2013 and in 2015 signed a two-year full time academy contract with the club. He was with London Irish (2011-12) and played for England U17 and for the U18 side against Leicester Tigers in November 2014.
He scored a maiden try on his international debut at that level in the 21-5 win over France at Doncaster in February 2015 and also touched down against Scotland at Newcastle and Portugal at Montauban the following month. Two more tries, both in the first half, launched England to a 15-7 victory over France on tour in South Africa that August. He was back home for only two weeks before helping England to finish fourth in the Youth Commonwealth Games Sevens in Samoa. Then he produced a try-scoring performance for Worthing, his loan club, against Southend Saxons in National Two South in October 2014.
His England U20 debut was against Scotland in February last year and he was a try-scorer in his second appearance, again off the bench in the final match against France at the Stade du Hameau in Pau in the final Six Nations match in March. He added an outstanding ‘team try’ against South Africa in the semi-finals of the subsequent World Rugby U20 Championship in a match that England won 39-17. His fourth touchdown, against Italy at the Northern Echo Arena in Darlington, last February brought England a try bonus point only two minutes into the second half. Injury ruled him out of the 2017 World Rugby Championship after he had played in the 34-22 victory over Wales in the second pool match.
London-born Sam was a member of the Wellington first team for three years and was in the squad that won the Rosslyn Park Schools Sevens in 2013, one of his most memorable experiences. He continued: “The unpredictability of rugby probably appeals to me most – one second you can be on your line five points down and then run between the posts for a ‘full length’ try. The camaraderie and teamwork in this sport are second to none. You really work for and put yourself on the line for each other. There’s no better feeling.
“I want to progress to the Harlequins first team, represent England at senior level and secure a business-related degree so I have a career base once my on-field days are over.” His top memories include two matches for Wellington College against Sedbergh at Broadstreet RFC, Coventry – one brought a 10-5 win and the other was lost 34-37. Sam also played for Harlequins in the World Club Sevens in August 2014.
He has played mostly at full back with appearances on the wing and occasionally at centre for Harlequins A and his college. The player he most respects is New Zealand full back Israel Dagg and his current mentor is Harlequins club mate Marland Yarde. His favourite grounds are Big Side 1 at his college and Twickenham, where, Will said: “I have been lucky enough to play a few times.” Outside rugby, he is aiming for a degree in international relations.
25 points – 5T
2016 S(R), F(R) World Championship – It, S, SA, I 2017: F, It, I, World Championship - W
25 points – 5T
2015 F, S Europe: P, F, It(R); SA Tour: F, SA ‘A’, SA
Last updated: 19 June 2017