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
"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.....
Sam Laird

Back row

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
KO 1915
Location Burnaby Road

Esher v RN Senior XV
Date 19 Feb 14
KO 1915
Location Esher

Click here for all RN 1XV fixtures.

Army v Navy 2014
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Images by Alligin Photography / © Geraint Ashton Jones