Sam Laird - Player Profile
As we approach the start of the season we are looking at some of our players and sharing with you some of their thoughts, highlights and achievements.
"Sam Laird has been a key figure in the RNRU Representative Teams for a number of seasons, displaying unrivalled commitment at the breakdown, he is the scourge of many a team in the contact area. His turn over rate is unmatched and his ability to link play is a highlight of his game. Sam is the first and to date, only back to back recipient of The Proud Heritage and Exciting Future Trophy (Senior XV emerging talent) and Cossack Sword Winner (Senior XV players player of the year), clearly demonstrating the value in which he is held by both the Team Management and Players alike.
Sam is a coach’s dream, bright, enthusiastic and totally committed for every session and match, he is looking forward to another season. In training and during games he sets the standard that others need to match and I am sure he will have another successful year”. Director of Rugby Andy Kellett
Sam's thoughts and best bits.....
Clubs played for:
Buckingham RUFC (1994 -2010)
None, I have a two year old daughter to keep me busy
Worst rugby moment ever:
Losing to the British Army IS2013 when we were 19-0 up at one point
Best player ever played alongside:
Accompanying Greg Barden in the Back Row
Who has had the most influence on my rugby career:
Marsh Cormack – I have become a more relaxed rugby player
What it means to represent Royal Navy Rugby Union at Twickenham:
Back to work on Monday……A lot of pressure and pride
Diary dates for the first few Senior XV fixtures for the season
RN Senior XV v Oxford University
Date 2 Feb 14
Location Burnaby Road
Esher v RN Senior XV
Date 19 Feb 14
Click here for all RN 1XV fixtures.
Army v Navy 2014
Tickets and parking for Army v Navy 3 May 14 are on sale now at www.navyrugbyunion.co.uk/tickets
Images by Alligin Photography / © Geraint Ashton Jones