Fox on prowl for Scots College
Sam Fox has forgone an English summer to slug it out in premier Wellington college rugby.
Not that the 18-year-old from Truro College in the south of England minds too much, having arrived in the capital two weeks ago to find weather similar to that back home.
He played his first game for Scots College in their 16-12 win over St Pat’s Silverstream on Saturday, starting at halfback before switching to first five-eighth later in the game.
“I didn’t expect to play a whole game first up, so I’m a bit sore now, but it was great to get a win in such a big game for the school.”
While the weather might not be that different from England, Fox said the style of rugby was poles apart.
“We like to kick it a bit more, whereas these boys like to run it and enjoy the physical confrontation at the breakdown a bit more.”
Fox finished his schooling in England earlier this year and played for his hometown college against Scots at the Sanix world youth championships in Japan in May.
It was there he met some of the Scots players and thought he quite liked the idea of playing for them.
“I liked their style of play so asked the coaches if I could come over and they were all for it,” he said.
However, rugby was not his primary reason for coming to New Zealand, he said.
“I wanted to try something different rather than staying home during the summer, it’s a great opportunity to experience a different culture and a different way of life – having a bit of rugby on the side is a bonus.”
Fox has the credentials of a quality rugby player. He represented Cornwall at under-20 level, while also playing in the Exeter Chiefs under-18 club premiership side which finished fifth this year.
He boards at Scots and attends classes, a strange situation for a person who has already finished high school.
“The uniform has taken a bit of getting used to, as I could wear what I wanted back home, but everyone has been great in welcoming me, I couldn’t have asked for more from the school.”
Fox will head home in September to study strength and conditioning at university.
When asked about Fox’s presence in the Scots squad, other premier first XV coaches said they had no issue with it as he was paying his own way and was here on his own accord.