England’s triumph at the 2003 Rugby World Cup was the inspiration for Sam Lewis to take up rugby.
His journey since then has taken him into the England U20 squad but his roots were at Stafford RUFC, where he played from the age of six to 11 and then home town club Stoke from then on until he was 15.
Sam’s guiding lights past and present are Nick Hill — the director of rugby at Denstone College from 2008 to 2013 — his successor Jamie Taylor, and Jeremy Staunton, who was his U16 coach there in 2013.
He has played for Staffordshire U16, U17, and U18, in addition to Midlands Clubs & Schools U18 and for Leicester Tigers from U16-U18.
He captained Staffordshire U18 last year and was Denstone’s captain.
Sam went to Portugal in October 2015 on a Tigers’ development tour. He is a member of the Leicester Tigers Academy, doing the outreach programme.
He left Denstone College in 2016 after studying fine art, graphic design, and information and communication technology at A level. His primary school education was at All Saints, Bednall, Staffordshire and Brooklands in Stafford.
Sam started his playing days on the wing before moving 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 skiing and Land Rover Defenders.
He added: “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.”
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Last updated: 23 May 2018