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Oscar Smith-Canham

  • Date of Birth25 Oct 2002
  • BirthplaceSt Etienne, France

Young hooker Oscar Smith-Canham entered the Leicester Tigers academy in 2018 after being introduced to rugby at Denstone College in Staffordshire.

Born in France and spending time in Australia as well as in England, Oscar played at centre before moving to hooker. “It’s a good position, you do a bit of everything,” he says.

“I was a rugby fan but wasn’t part of a club and then started playing at Denstone when I was about 10 years old,” he says. “Simon Francis was the coach and teacher there, and he had a big influence. Then I got into the Tigers DPP centre in Staffordshire before being selected for the academy.”

Getting to know you

If you could meet a famous person, dead or alive, who would it be?

Michael Jordan, I’m a big fan. It’s not so much the basketball, but more about his personality.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

Super speed. It’s not a big part of my game so that’s why I would like it!

What fillings would you add to your perfect sandwich?

BLT, on white bread. Brown bread is better for you, but it’s got to be white for the best sandwich.