It is fair to say that rugby is an integral part of Samson Ma’asi's family life.
Samson’s father, Viliami, played professional rugby for Cornish Pirates, Yorkshire Carnegie, London Welsh and Ampthill, as well as for the Tongan national side.
Three of Samson’s brothers have followed in their father’s footsteps, with one playing for Wasps U16s, one at Northumbria University, and the eldest, Suya, in New Zealand.
Samson is a product of the Northampton Saints academy, a club he joined when he was 13, but rugby started for the hooker when he was just five, at Stanningley in West Yorkshire.
Next he moved on to Ampthill and won their Player of the Year award for three successive seasons before being picked up by the Saints academy.
He made his England U20 debut as a replacement against Wales in the 2019 Six Nations.
Samson, who is studying for a triple BTEC in Sport, said his rugby idol has always been his dad and can’t remember a time he didn’t want to play the sport.
“I think at a young age I knew I wanted to pursue it as a career because of the amount of love I have for it,” he said.
“I just grew up loving the game because it was all we had back in Tonga.”
Away from rugby, Samson enjoys boxing, playing tennis and basketball – his proudest non-rugby moment was scoring his first three-pointer on his school basketball debut.
He is a fan of hip-hop and reggae music, and happy to admit that The Notebook is his favourite film.
U20 International Record
2019: Wal (R), Ita, Sco
Last updated: 21 March 2019