Navy player Laird has busy rugby schedule

Sam Laird on the charge for Buckingham
Sam Laird on the charge for Buckingham

RUGBY: Former Buckingham player Sam Laird is set for another busy season playing for the Royal Navy before moving to Scotland in June to start work as a medic.

His schedule includes fixtures against Bath’s second string, the French Navy, the British Army and RAF, and the Irish Defence Force.

A back row flanker, he joined the Navy in February 2010 attached to HMS Collingwood and played for them in a number of high profile games and also represented the Combined Services.

The highlight of his year came in May when he played for the Royal Navy against the Army at Twickenham in front of 63,000 spectators.

“It was a bit nerve wracking playing in front of such a big crowd, but I enjoyed the game immensely,” he recalled.

His first cap was against the French Navy which his side won and he also played against the RAF.

Another highlight was receiving the Proud Heritage Exciting Future Award earlier this year given to the best young player in the navy squad.

He also played for the Combined Services but was only on the bench as part of a 24-man squad for the Remembrance weekend game at Gloucester due to illness.

Sam started playing at the age of four at Buckingham Rugby Club and played in youth and senior teams for many years, including representing the 1st XV.

He was recently in action at the club’s festive charity tournament, turning out for Buckingham Bulldogs.

Having qualified as a medic last December, the 22-year-old will take up his post with HMS Clyde in Glasgow this summer looking after 30 Royal Marines.

>> Buckingham Rugby Club is set to contest the Bucks County Cup final on Saturday February 11 for only the second time in its history. The game will be away at Amersham & Chiltern.

Buckingham beat Marlow and High Wycombe on the way to the final.

>>Another date for the diary is a senior rugby club tour on May 18-21 which will take in the Amsterdam 7s tournament.