Swansea University Rugby player handed first regional contract with the Ospreys

Swansea University RFU player Sam Lewis has realised his dream after signing his first regional contract to play with the Ospreys until the end of the 2012/13 season.

The 21-year old openside flanker from Mumbles, who plays for Swansea RFC as well as the University, impressed selectors at Premiership level when he was invited to represent the reformed Ospreys U20 team. 

Sam Lewis

The younger brother of former Osprey Ben Lewis, Sam has been rewarded for his endeavour and commitment after missing out on recognition at the traditional U16 and U18 levels.

Sam said “ It’s a dream to play at this level and represent your home region and I just want to keep on doing it. I wasn’t part of the age-grade system until I got a few games at U20 level so it shows that if you work hard and play well at Premiership level, the Osprey’s are watching. Hopefully I can continue improving over the next 18 months now and do well for the Ospreys so I can stay here beyond that time”.

Osprey’s Forwards Coach, Jonathan Humphreys said: “ Sam has been nothing short of outstanding for us since he had his chance. In the last couple of games in particular, where he has stepped up to the PRO12, we’ve seen what a young talent he is. His progress physically has been good, he’s worked extremely hard and this is showing in the progress he’s made, resulting in his contract offer.”

Sam will be making good use of his training with the Osprey’s to prepare for the  forthcoming Welsh Varsity match which takes place on 2nd May 2012. For more information go to www.swansea-union.co.uk .  The Welsh Varsity takes place every year between Swansea University and Cardiff University. Over 25 events to find the deserving winner of the Varsity Shield take place over the course of a week. The centrepiece rugby “head-to-head” match takes place on the Wednesday evening in the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Over 14,500 spectators attended last years match.