Speakers Profile - Sam Harris

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Sam Harris was born in Auckland but raised on the beautiful northern beaches of Sydney. In his childhood Sam loved all sports, however he had a passion for rugby where he played both codes until the age of 17. It was in these junior years where Sam developed and refined his skills to become a explosive ball runner with a devastating offload. However Sam did not want to be a one dimensional player, so he worked hard on all aspects of his game to also be a stout, punishing, and relentless defender. This possesses Sam with great versatility required for the modern game.

After winning All Australian Honours as a junior it wasn't until a stellar season with the Warringah Rats in 2000 where Sam got his big break, by securing a contract with the NSW Waratahs. This stellar season saw Sam awarded with the Ken Catchpole Medal for being the best player in the Sydney club rugby competition.

Two great years with the Waratahs and two Australia A caps later Sam was head hunted by the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles to switch codes, which he readily accepted. Initially he found the transition of codes difficult but the experience would prove invaluable as it instilled that hard work pays off. After a slow start to his debut season, Sam finished strongly and earned himself a city origin guernsey at the halfway point of the following season.

After four sensational years playing league, Sam was yet again itching for the next challenge which he found back at the NSW Waratahs. At the Waratahs he was given license to use his attacking flair, mainly playing centre or filling in at fly half. However after one season, Sam was approached by Japanese club Honda Heat to play permanently at fly half. Sam accepted this contract as it allowed him to play in a position he excelled and also provided the opportunity for he and his wife Hannah to experience another culture.

Sam had a solid debut season where he showed experience both on field in his performance and also off field where he drove to get the best out of his team mates. This led to the Honda Heat being promoted to Japan?s top division for the first time in the clubs 10 year history.

In 2010, Sam was picked up by the Western Force but has found it difficult raising his new born twins in the Western parts of Australia. Sam is looking at any options that may arise on the East coast in regards to a playing contract.

Outside of rugby Sam enjoys a variety of sports including golf, basketball, and surfing. Sam is seeking the next challenge after Rugby which he believes lies in Coaching once he finally hangs up the boots.