Leading the England U18 team to the FIRA/AER European Championship title in Poland in 2014 revealed the immense potential of Sam Underhill. In nine appearances that year, he captained the side in three of the final five matches, twice against Wales and once against Ireland and they won every game.
He had been the BMW Man of the Match on his debut in the 28-6 victory over Scotland at Dalziel that March. The England side also included Harry Mallinder and Jack Maunder, fellow tourists to Argentina this June. Sam’s first appearance in a senior England shirt was when starting the non-cap match against the Barbarians at Twickenham this May and his impressive Test debut followed against Argentina at Sante Fe in June. Educated at Sir Thomas Rich’s School in Gloucester, he had also played for the England U16 and U17 teams before further education took him to Wales, where he embarked on an economics degree at Cardiff University.
Sam joined the Ospreys for 2015/16 as a highly-rated specialist open side flanker and was initially with Bridgend Ravens as a semi-professional player alongside his studies. Such was his rapid progress that he became a member of Steve Tandy’s Ospreys squad. He was born in Dayton, Ohio, played twice for Gloucester before crossing the Severn Bridge and after touring Argentina, he will join Bath on a three-year deal. His debut for the Cherry & Whites was in the LV=Cup in 2013/14 and he played in the club’s final Premiership match the following season against Bath.
Last updated: 18 June 2017