"Sam is a true professional in every sense of the word. He thrived as co-captain of the team in 2016 and we look forward to seeing him lead across the field in 2017."- The Chiefs
Sam enters his sixth season with the Chiefs and is a key part of the team’s leadership. On the back of a stellar Super Rugby season last year he collected the Chiefs Players’ Player of the Year and showed many mature performances in his role as co-captain.
The talented loose forward has won two Investec Super Rugby titles, the 2015 Rugby World Cup, a U20 Junior World Championship gold medal and is a former New Zealand Rugby Age Group Player of the Year.
If you weren’t a rugby player, what would you be doing?
Guitarist in a rock band
Who was your favourite player as a kid?
What event would you go to the Olympics for … No sevens allowed!
Favourite sportsperson outside rugby?
Forwards- What position would you put yourself in the backline and why?
Backs- What position would you put yourself in the forward pack and why?
What’s your go to meal in the kitchen?
Creamy Chicken Fettucine
What’s your mum’s best meal for her boy?
Who is the best singer in the team?
Favourite movie quote?
Life is a game of inches, so is football –Al Pacino-Any given Sunday
What would you spend your last $10 on?
Two handles of beer for me and a mate