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Hooker

Sam West

  • Date of Birth30 May 2002
  • BirthplaceLeicestershire

Sam West hopes to follow in the footsteps of father Dorian, who made more than 200 appearances in green, white and red.

Despite the family connection, Sam didn’t properly take up rugby until the game turned to contact – at Under-9s level – and played at local club Ashby before joining the Tigers-affiliated AASE programme at Brooksby Melton College.

The young forward picks out academy and BMC coach Tom Harrison as a major influence on his rugby journey to date.

“Tom has had a massive impact on me,” he says. “He’s helped me work on my game around the park as well as my set-piece. He’s really helped me develop.”

Getting to know you

Who was your favourite rugby player growing up?

Martin Johnson, because he’s done everything there is to do in rugby.

What’s your first memory of Welford Road?

I was very, very young – my Dad stopped playing when I was two – and then he was coaching at Northampton, so we couldn’t come to Welford Road much!

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

Super strength, I reckon. That would help me out as a hooker.