Sam Buckley is a prop out of Lindenwood University, where he played with fellow Warriors’ 2022 Draft Pick Gabe Kettering. Buckley is the only Warriors’ 2022 Draft Selection not from the United States having grown up in Northampton, England, where he played for the Northampton Saints Academy, before coming to the States for school. Heralded as the best tighthead prop in the Draft, Buckley helped lead Lindenwood to a National Championship during his time with the Lions. Buckley also went against his college teammate Gabe Kettering and new Warriors’ teammate Tai Kauwe at the Collegiate Rugby Shield, playing for the Canyons over the Summer.
“Sam’s pedigree as a player would make anyone raise their eyebrows with him being in the Northampton Saints Academy and coming from Lindenwood University,” said Sparks. “He really impressed us during his time at the Collegiate Rugby Shield as a leader and person. We are adding someone that will contribute on the field, in the locker room, and in the community which are all priorities for us.”