|Squad||Northampton Saints |
|Weight||105kg (16st 7lb)|
|Caps||Test: 0 Saxons: 1|
After captaining Rotherham Titans in the Championship, Sam Dickinson put pen to paper to join Northampton Saints in March 2012. Ironically, six days after signing, he broke an arm for the second time in the space of a few months.
Sam said: “When I broke it previously, I had a plate inserted, then fractured it again at the end of the plate in a match against Leeds Carnegie. There were complications with the operation second time round and I had to have another repair job. When you break an arm, you think a lot of boys are back in six to eight weeks but I was out for six months.”
It prevented him playing for the Saints in what should have been his debut season in 2012-13. He went on loan to Moseley and put in an outstanding individual performance for them against Rotherham, his former club. Sam made an impressive 17 carries, had a similar tackle count and was Moseley’s most effective force at the breakdown in that match.
He had put in three years of excellent service for Titans and played 63 times at lock and in the back row, with his combative physical style making him a firm favourite with the Clifton Lane faithful. His long-awaited debut for Saints in the 38-11 win over Exeter Chiefs at Franklin’s Gardens in September last year was equally eye-catching and he became man of the match. By late January this year, he had played 15 times for the Saints, including 11 in the Aviva Premiership before his selection for the England Saxons squad. He made an impact off the bench on his debut against Ireland Wolfhounds at Kingsholm in January this year.
Manchester-born Sam had joined Rotherham from Caldy in 2009, having represented Cheshire and the county’s U20 team, together with Cheshire U18 and the North of England at that level.
Last updated: January 27, 2014