The 2003 RWC and England’s triumph was the inspiration for Sam Lewis to take up rugby.
He said: “It’s the only sport that I enjoy participating in. I like the fact that’s it’s a contact game.” The here and the now has taken him into the England U20 squad but his roots were Stafford RFC, where he played from the age of six to 11 and then home town club Stoke from then on until he was 15.
He said: “If my dream of playing professional rugby doesn’t work out, I hope to study for a degree in sports business management so would like to work in the sports industry from a marketing perspective.”
He is a member of the Leicester Tigers Academy, doing the outreach programme and an upper sixth student at Denstone College, Uttoxeter where his subjects are fine art, graphic design and information and communication technology at A2 level.
His primary school education was at All Saints, Bednall, Staffordshire and Brooklands in Stafford. Sam’s guiding lights past and present are Nick Hill, the director of rugby at Denstone from 2008/13, his successor Jamie Taylor and Jeremy Staunton, who was his U16 coach there in 2013.
He has played for Staffordshire U16, U17 and U18, Midlands Clubs & Schools U18 and for Leicester Tigers from U16-U18. He captained Staffordshire U18 last year and is Denstone’s current captain. Sam went to Portugal in October 2015 on a Tigers’ development tour and the match he recalls most easily was Denstone’s game against Nottingham Academy in November 2015 that he describes as tough and physical.
Sam started his playing days on the wing, moved to centre and now to lock. Welford Road is his favourite ground and his top players are Maro Itoje, Rene Ranger and Brodie Retallick. Away from the game’s hustle and bustle, he enjoys ski-ing and Land Rover Defenders.
Last updated: 12 January 2018