Rugby Academy Alumni Relishes in International Success

Former Coleg Llandrillo student, Sam Wainwright, recently received his first Welsh cap.

Sam, who hails from Prestatyn, was drafted into the Wales squad for the tour of South Africa during July 2022, as a replacement for the injured Leon Brown. Since then, Sam has gained 4 caps playing for Wales.

As a Level 2 Sport and Level 3 Sport Performance and Excellence student at Coleg Llandrillo from 2014-2018, Sam was on the college’s Academi Rugby squad - and soon after joined the RGC senior team in the Welsh Premiership.

Whilst studying at Coleg Llandrillo, Sam was also called up to the Wales U20s squad for the 2018 Six Nations tournament.

In November 2022, Sam, who played for Saracens, signed for Scarlets, ahead of the squad’s European Challenge Cup matches against Bayonne and the Toyota Cheetahs.

Sam explained,

“Personally, the college invested a lot of time in helping me develop both academically and in rugby, ensuring that I was able to balance my studies with my sporting aspirations.

“Studying at Coleg Llandrillo allowed me to play a very high standard of rugby on a weekly

basis. Along with the guidance of excellent coaches, it was the best place for me to grow and achieve my goals.”

Coleg Llandrillo’s Rugby Academy coordinator, Andrew Williams, said: “What Sam has

achieved is remarkable. Seeing students that have come through our academy achieve international honours and perform so well is extremely gratifying.”

He added.

“Sam worked so hard to achieve his goal of playing for Wales. To see him sing the national anthem and proudly wear the red jersey was special. As a college and a rugby academy, we are immensely proud of his achievements and look forward to seeing what the future has in store for him.”

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