Sam with Scotland U20s in Rugby World Cup
Sam Grahamslaw, the grandson of Marjorie and Andrew Grahamslaw, of Norham, is gaining international rugby honours by representing Scotland at the World Rugby U20 Championship in the South of France.
The tournament runs until June 17, and includes teams from all of the home nations, as well as from France, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
Sam, 19, lives in Leicestershire and came off the bench for Scotland’s first match against Italy last week, which ended in a narrow 27-26 defeat for the Scots.
Last Sunday, in the second game of the group stages, the young Scots faced Argentina in Perpignan.
Sam was elevated to the starting XV, and despite some tenacious play holding the score at 13-15 up until the 70th minute, the Los Pumas of Argentina eventually pulled away to secure a victory 13-29.
The Scotland U20 head coach Bryan Redpath was left understandably frustrated, but is adamant that his side can ‘come back stronger from the experience.’
The 28-man Scotland squad have three further matches in the tournament, including a game against England today in Beziers, with the finals day being held in Narbonne on Sunday, June 17.
Sam played his early rugby at Market Harborough Rugby Club, and is now in the Senior Academy at the Leicester Tigers club in the English Premiership, combined with undergraduate studies at Loughborough University.
He has already been capped for England at U18 level last year, but is eligible for Scotland selection through his grandfather Andrew having been born on the Scottish side of the Tweed, in Duns. Sam’s father, Angus Grahamslaw, represented Berwick Rugby Club before moving away from the area to live in Paris and then eventually settle in Leicestershire.
Sam made his first start for Scotland in April this year in an U19s game against France in Edinburgh. This is his first full season in a new playing position after converting from the back-row to playing at loose-head prop, and Sam is relishing the challenge of gaining more experience playing against top level international opponents at the World Championship.
Sam Grahamslaw, pictured with Scotland U20s prior to their game against Argentina last Sunday..