Sam Egerton arrived in Oxford in 2011 following a gap year, as a green yet exciting scrum-half, at a highly opportune time for him as Nick Haydon moved on and there was no natural successor to him at half-back. As was Sam’s way he was not slow to make the most of this opportunity and it was soon obvious that Oxford had been blessed with someone destined for greater things on the rugby pitch. Four years later Sam has accumulated many accolades and trophies, but most importantly the respect of his fellow players and coaches. During that time Sam has gained four winning Blues, been named Varsity Man of the Match twice, scored four Twickenham tries, had the unenviable honour of being the first player to be sent off in a Varsity Match and was voted Blues Player of the Year in 2013 by his peers; alongside this he gained a 2:1 in Law from Keble and will gain a History Masters in June. His last (maybe) appearance at Iffley Road was in Keble’s victory over Teddy Hall in Cuppers Final in May, where he scored a try with his now trade mark show and go, then sharp acceleration to beat the cover defence.
So Oxford’s loss is someone else’s gain, first being Yorkshire Carnegie in the Championship for whom Sam made 11 appearances and scored 7 tries between January and April, before agreeing a 16 month contract with England 7’s where he will join fellow Oxford Blue and current Captain Tom Mitchell.The contract will take him beyond Rio, so we wish him and Tom all the best in their quest to represent Great Britain at the 2016 Olympics – all at OURFC wouldn’t bet against both of them being there!