Following a break-through season in 2014, Sam Carter is now regarded as Australia’s premier-tight-head lock and the Brumbies go to man in the tight-five.
It was a long time coming for the son of Wallaby David Carter, but Sam took his opportunities in 2014 to earn 11 caps for Australia including a man-of-the-match effort on debut against France in Brisbane.
Carter’s time in a gold jersey was the culmination of three seasons of quality Super Rugby where he emerged into one of the most devastating locks in the competition. Carter carries like a back-rower, tackles like a fly-half and jumps like Shaquille O’Neal.
He has become a leader of the Brumbies both on and off the field, linking superbly with his some-time locking partner and bromance brother, Scott Fardy, to steer the club in the right direction.
Carter clocked up his 50th cap in memorable style in 2014 taking on the Waratahs in Sydney for a place in the Super Rugby Final. While that match didn’t play out exactly how Carter had envisioned, the half century of appearances puts the lock into a special club of just five second-rowers to play 50 games for the Brumbies (others include David Giffin, Justin Harrison, Mark Chisholm and Peter Kimlin).
In 2015 Carter will work towards cementing his spot in the national side for the World Cup and having a heavy contribution towards the way the Brumbies forwards take on the rest of the competition.
2007: Finishes school at The Scots College in Bellevue Hill where he is a member of the school’s 1st XV.
2008: Plays his first season of colts rugby with Sydney University and cleans up the second grade grand final.
2010: Takes home his first piece of senior rugby silverware when Sydney University smacked Randwick 46-6 in the Shute Shield Grand Final; is offered a spot with the Brumbies Academy for the 2011 season.
2011: Moves to Canberra alongside several of his Sydney University team mates Jerry Yanuyanutawa and Tom Boidon; features heavily for the Brumbies Academy against Tonga, Samoa, NSW and Queensland; makes his Super Rugby debut against the Rebels in Canberra; signs a fulltime deal with the Brumbies through to the end of 2012.
2012: Starts the Brumbies season as the team’s starting lock; goes on to play the entire season in the Brumbies second row making 15 appearances from 16 games including the tour of South Africa.
2013: Plays 18 games for the Brumbies and is the club’s highest tackle maker; starts at lock throughout the Brumbies first Finals campaign in a decade against the Cheetahs, Bulls and Chiefs; starts at lock in the Brumbies historic win over the British and Irish Lions in Canberra.
2014: Is named the Brumbies Best Forward after a third big season as the Brumbies premier lock; makes his Wallabies debut against France in Brisbane; features in his second-straight Finals campaign with the Brumbies; is selected for the Wallabies Rugby Championship and Spring Tour claiming 11 caps for Australia; re-signs with the Brumbies through to the end of the Rugby World Cup.