|Weight||97kg (15st 3lb)|
No, not the singer – rugby player Sam Smith cites the thrill of changing in the home dressing room at Twickenham as one of two career highlights so far for. It was when he appeared in a Daily Mail Cup final for Old Swinford Hospital School, of Stourbridge, where he is studying maths, biology and geography. The other was playing for England U17 against Georgia U18 last year.
Previously educated at Winterfold House, a primary school in Chaddesley Corbett, he has signed an academy contract with Worcester Warriors for 2014-15, having been part of the club’s EPDG since he was in the U13 squad and figured in U18 academy games this season. His England U18 debut was in the starting side for the 28-6 win over Scotland at Dalziel RFC in March this year.
Worcester-born, he began playing when seven for Chaddesley Corbett RFC and at his primary school and has appeared in 52 first team matches, spanning three years for Old Swinford Hospital.
He also helped to win 14 sevens tournaments with his year group from U13 to U16 and represented England U17 against Georgia U18 last year, together with England U18 Clubs & Schools against Ireland. His other honours were for North Midlands U13-U18 and Midlands U18.
His aims are to play at Premiership level and be in the England squad for the 2019 RWC, an ambition stemming from his days when captaining school teams from U13-U16, as well as going on to lead North Midlands U18. He also wants to obtain a degree in geography.
He said: “I’ve figured in various positions but mostly in the back row and the players I most admire are Chris Robshaw, Martin Johnson, Michael Hooper and Steffon Armitage.”
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Last updated: April 04, 14