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, who he captained, in addition to Midlands Clubs & Schools U18 and for Leicester Tigers from U16-U18.
Sam is a member of the Leicester Tigers Academy, doing the outreach programme. 2018 was a big year for Sam, as he was part of the England U20 team that was runner-up in both the Six Nations and the World Rugby U20 Championship.
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, while he can also feature in the back row. Welford Road is his favourite ground and his top players are Maro Itoje, Rene Ranger and Brodie Retallick.
U20 International Record
2018 It(R), W, S, F, I(R), SA(R), World Championship - A(R), It
Last updated: 4 June 2018