SAM Simmonds was a fisherman's son enjoying for the Cornish Pirates simply 12 months in the past.
Now, as an alternative of earning £300-a-game on mortgage at the Championship aspect, the 23-year-previous Exeter No 8 is pocketing £22,000-a-Test with England.
The Teignmouth Twister, who conquered Italy in Rome on Sunday with two tries, faces Wales on Saturday in his first Six Nations game at Twickenham.
England forged their internet large looking for cowl to injured South Sea Islanders Billy Vunipola and Nathan Hughes.
And Eddie Jones landed his catch of the day in a sleepy seaside city down in Devon, the place Simmonds first picked up a rugby ball with the native membership’s mini part.
Simmonds weighs in at 16st, an unimaginable 4 stone lighter than the two battering-rams he is changing.
Jones has informed him to tuck into a few extra pasties to bulk up — however the attempt-scoring again row feasts on typical Teignmouth tucker.
He stated: “Each time I’m going to my Dad’s he’s all the time acquired crab, lobster, virtually any sort of shellfish going. It’s a bonus, isn’t it?
“Once I first got here to Exeter I was fairly small — the captain Jack Yeandle stated I was completely tiny.
“I was solely 14st however round then I spent a lot of time in the health club rehabbing a knee damage.
“That turned out to be a blessing in disguise as a result of that was once I actually pushed on with my weight- lifting and reached 15½st.”
Simmonds won’t be a heavyweight in identify or numbers however he provides England explosive tempo that’s even a match for the backs.
So it’s no shock he typically joins in dash coaching with the likes of Exeter and England staff-mate Jack Nowell at Sandy Park.
This season, he has scored seven tries in ten Premiership video games for Chiefs — plus Sunday’s double in solely his fourth Pink Rose look.
But a year in the past he was terrorising the Championship with the Pirates, based mostly in Penzance simply ten miles from Land’s Finish.
Chiefs referred to as him again for a run-out in the Anglo-Welsh Cup — and he by no means went again.
A attempt eight minutes into his first Premiership begin towards Wasps on February 12 final year was adopted three months later one other in the last minute to sink Saracens and ship Chiefs on their option to Twickenham and the title.
All of which was no shock to his previous Pirates boss Gavin Cattle.
He stated: “Somebody like Sam doesn’t come alongside each day. We all the time knew we had a particular participant.
“It was unusual watching Sam for England on Sunday. Solely final season I was at residence doing critiques of him on a tape of video games towards Doncaster or Bedford.
“Pirates’ amenities aren’t good and glossy like up the street at Sandy Park.
“It’s a must to be dedicated to play on our again pitch — it’s a mudbath. However from day one Sam’s work-price and dedication have been distinctive. He was by no means shy of grafting.
“He performed at No 7 for us however he’s now ripping up what a trendy-day No 8 can do.
"I feel you would play him in the centre and even the wing, he is that good and fast sufficient.
“We’ve all acquired an concept what a No 8 seems like, however the method the game goes somebody with the means of Sam can play anyplace throughout the again row and trigger injury.”
Simmonds made his England debut as a alternative in Argentina final summer time, performed 18 minutes towards Australia in the autumn and made his first begin in the win over Samoa a week later.
However he was nonetheless Jones’ third-selection till Saracens star Vunipola fractured a forearm and Wasps’ Hughes was KO’d by a knee damage.
Now the Simmonds household shall be heading for Twickenham on Saturday hoping to see their boy slay the Dragons identical to he did Italy.
Former Chiefs and Sale fly-half Dan Mugford — whose cousin Emily goes out with Simmonds — watched his mate announce himself on the world stage on solely his second England begin Sunday.
He added: “Sam is like household to me and everybody down right here in Devon is so pleased with him.
“We have been spherical at my uncle’s on Sunday with my cousin Emily all watching TV.
“Teignmouth will probably be rocking when Sam runs out at Twickenham on Saturday. He’s a phenomenal participant and really totally different to anybody else in the game proper now.”