Hartpury College’s next international?

Sam Fuller is half way through his first year of studying Sports Coaching at Hartpury College, where he has also joined the rugby team and is enjoying run outs for the third and fourth teams so far.

Sam has been playing rugby since the age of 11 however, Sam’s story when it comes to playing rugby isn’t the usual one.

Sam suffers from sensorineural hearing loss. This is when their has either been damage to the hair cells in your cochlea (the sensory hearing organ) or their is damage to the nerves in the neural pathway of hearing.

Sam has suffered with this problem from a young age but has never stopped it from accomplishing what he wants in life.

Earlier this year Sam was a part of the wider England Deaf Rugby squad who were preparing for a three-match series against New Zealand. This was a major experience for Sam, as although he did not take part in any of the matches, he can proudly say that he was part of the first ever English side to complete a whitewash against New Zealand.

Sam feels confident that he is not far away from getting that final call-up and is looking forward to joining the likes of Alex Cuthbert (Wales and British & Irish Lions), Jonny May, Ellis Genge (both England) and Dan Norton (England 7s and Great Britain 7s) in becoming an international rugby player to have gone through the Hartpury ranks.


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