Born in Harare, Sam Phiri attended Falcon College in the Southern Matabeleland region of Zimbabwe. After an impressive performance at the U18 Craven Week, Phiri was aggressively recruited by Western Province, despite completing his schooling a year earlier than his peers. Solid showings for the Western Province Rugby Academy were enough to convince coaches that Sam was worthy of an U19 Currie Cup callup, where he excelled in both 2016 and 2017. A strong academic, Phiri is known for possessing so much more than just raw speed and physicality in the collision, he is also seen as an outside back with the vision to read the game and find himself in the right place at the right time.
A strong cricketer in his youth, Phiri’s athletic ability and maturity saw him thrive in the intensity of the U21 Currie Cup, as well as earning a senior professional debut for the Zimbabwe Academy team during the 2019 Supersport Rugby Challenge. Still only 21 years old, Sam possesses the type of imposing frame that is often seen in the Pacific Islands, but so rarely found in South Africa. Humble, destructive, and excessively quick, Sam Phiri provides the type of gain line dominance that every modern professional squad needs.
DOB: 5 August 1998
Current Team: Western Province
2019 - 2020
Western Province (Supersport Challenge)
2018 - 2019
Zimbabwe (Supersport Challenge), Western Province (U21 Currie Cup)
2017 - 2018
Western Province (U21 Currie Cup), University of Cape Town (Super League A)
2016 - 2017
Western Province (U19 Currie Cup)
2015 - 2016
Zimbabwe (U18 Craven Week, World Rugby U20 Trophy)