10.48s – The Pace of Sampson

Former English rugby union footballer Paul Sampson had spells  at BlackheathWorcester WarriorsBath and Wasps and London Welsh.

Playing on the wing or at full-back the Yorkshireman has always been able to show Genuine Pace and in 1995 Sampson was named man-of-the-match in England Schools’ record 30-3 win against Australia.

His Genuine Pace entry was set before his professional rugby career in the summer of 1996 on the track at the England Schools.

Clocking a 100 metre time of 10.48 seconds, he won the title beating Dwain Chambers (100m PB of 9.97 before his drug ban) in the process. In July that year he was called into the England rugby squad while still attending Woodhouse Grove School.

He won 3 caps in total and the diminutive flyer played most notably for Premiership side London Wasps between 1996 and 2004, appearing for them in over 100 games. Then five years at Championship London Welsh from 2006 to 2011, again playing over 100 matches.

Pace runs in the family and he is the cousin of sprinter Denise Ramsden (100m PB of 11.67s), and former England rugby league international Dean Sampson (what he lacks in pace he makes up for in combativeness… here he is breaking the jaw of Wigan’s terrifying enforcer Kelvin Skerrett).

When Genuine Pace meets the sheer size and power of Jonah Lomu, there’s only one winner…


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