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Stanley swaps sevens for 15's at Vallis Way

Sam Stanley is the latest player to sign for Ealing Trailfinders ahead of their return to the Greene King IPA Championship.

The 23-year-old fly-half or centre signs for the club from England Sevens and is the second player to sign from Twickenham after wing Callum Wilson joined two weeks ago.

Ben Ward’s side will play in the Championship for the second time in their history having won the National 1 title with 136 points, nine more than their nearest rivals Rosslyn Park. 

“With their promotion to the Championship it gave me the chance to get back to playing 15s after playing sevens for the last year, ” Stanley said.

“A teammate of mine from the Sevens, Callum Wilson, was coming here and spoke highly of the club. I then met Ben Ward and was really interested in coming here and I’m really looking forward to becoming involved now.”

Stanley played in four tournaments for the England Sevens side – Tokyo, Hong Kong, Glasgow and Port Elizabeth. He previously came through the Saracens Academy and played for England U18.

The Essex-born player is also part of one of rugby’s largest dynasties. His uncle ‘Smokin’ Joe Stanley played centre for the 1987 World Cup winning New Zealand side. Sam’s brother Mike has won three caps for Samoa, his cousin Winston Stanley has recently signed for Harlequins and another cousin, Benson Stanley, plays for Clermont Auvergne.

“We are delighted that Sam has joined us, ” Director of Coaching Ward said. “He has a strong grounding in rugby and the fact he has played sevens means he will adapt quickly to our style of play.

“Sam’s arrival will add to the quality of our backline and means greater competition for places, which can only benefit the team.”