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 was 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 in June 2016.
Sam’s first appearance in a senior England shirt was when he started the non-cap match against the Barbarians at Twickenham in May 2017 and his impressive Test debut followed against Argentina at Sante Fe in June.
Educated at Sir Thomas Rich’s School in Gloucester, he 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 openside 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 switched to Bath on a three-year deal.
He made his debut for Bath Rugby in the opening round of the 2017/18 Aviva Premiership campaign against Northampton Saints at Franklin’s Gardens, but was ruled out for several weeks after suffering a second head injury of the season in England’s 30-6 victory over the Wallabies in November 2017.
Sam returned to fitness in time to feature on the bench for the first three games of the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations as England finished the Championship in fifth place.
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Last updated: 20 April 2018