- - Sam Tomkins joins Gareth Bale as Kinesio Taping® ambassador
- - Sam Tomkins becomes face of Moss Bros Bespoke collection
- - Rugby league star Sam Tomkins to join Vodafone Warriors
- - Charnley and Tomkins named in 2013 Super League Dream Team
- - Sam Tomkins to front Shock Doctor campaign
- - Sam Tomkins and Josh Charnley lead Wigan to Challenge Cup glory
- - Sam Tomkins campaign wins acclaimed Sponsorship Award
- - Sam Tomkins launches Heinz Big Soup search for a new flavour
- - Sam Tomkins nominated for 2012 Golden Boot Award
- - Heinz BIG Soup celebrates Tomkins' Man-of-Steel award with special can
- Date of birth: 23rd March 1989
- Current Team: Vodafone Warriors (2014 - )
- Current Country: England
- Previous Team: Wigan Warriors (2008 - 2013)
Honours: England rugby league
Sam Tomkins is an exceptional rugby league talent who will play for the Vodafone Warriors in Auckland, New Zealand, for the 2014 NRL season following his move from Wigan Warriors, which set a world record for the highest transfer fee ever paid in the sport.
Born in Milton Keynes and the younger brother of fellow James Grant client Joel Tomkins, Sam began playing the sport aged 7 after his family had moved to the north-west with Chorley Panthers amateur club. Another family move allowed Sam to play for Wigan St Patricks, and from there he received a scholarship to Wigan Warriors, with whom he signed a full-time contract in 2007.
Aged 19, Sam exploded onto Wigan's 1st team scene in the Challenge Cup against Whitehaven RLFC in 2008, becoming the first rugby league player to score five tries in a first-grade debut.
In 2009 Sam made his Super League debut for the Warriors against Harlequins, going on to score 15 tries in 27 appearances playing at stand-off to earn a place in the Super League dream team and being named the club's Player-of-the-Year.
The following season, 2010, Sam switched position to full-back and was an ever-present as Wigan won their first league title since 1998, scoring 21 tries in 34 matches including one against St Helens in the Grand Final.
Sam's switch to full-back was made permanent for the start of the 2011 season as he inherited the club's famous No1 shirt, and he has been a key figure with a series of spectacular tries as Wigan Warriors secured the Challenge Cup title and marched to the Super League play-offs.
On the international scene, Sam's achievements have been no less impressive to date. He scored a hat-trick against Wales on his international debut in 2009, and in 2010 equalled the record for the most tries scored by an England player in a Test match, again against France. He also participated for England in the inaugural International Origin against the Exiles in 2011.
In November 2011 it was announced that Sam had signed a new and improved five-year deal with Wigan Warriors on the back of a stunning season in Super League and impressive perormances in the Four Nations tournament for England.
Later that same month, Sam made an impressive one-off rugby union appearance for the Barbarians against Australia at Twickenham, playing on the wing and scoring a try in his side's 11-60 defeat.
In the 2012 Super League season Sam scored 28 tries, surpassing a career total of 500 Super League points and in doing so helping Wigan Warriors claim the League Leaders Shield.
Though injury prevented Sam taking the field in the play-off semi-final against Leeds Rhinos, which Wigan lost, his individual achievements in 2012 were recognised by his fellow players when he was crowned Man of Steel at the end-of-season Super League awards.
On 3rd November 2012 in a match that England won 44-6 against France, Sam scored two tries to break the England Rugby League try-scoring record. He then went on to cap a memorable year by scoring twice more in the final of the tournament which England won comfortably 48-4 against the same opposition.
In 2013 Sam scored a stunning try in the Challenge Cup final as Wigan beat Hull 16-0 to lift the trophy for a record-breaking 19th time.
Later that season on the 24th September 2013 it was announced that Sam would be leaving Wigan to join NRL side the Vodafone Warriors for 2014. However there was still time for Sam to bring the curtain down on his Wigan career with a dream finish as he played a key role in helping his side win the Super League Grand Final in October as the Warriors completed the double, a historic feat that only two sides had previously managed in the Super League era.
Sam was the face of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup which took place in October and November 2013 throughout the UK. Unfortunately home advantage didn't prove sufficient to lead England to a maiden world title, and the team were eliminated in agonising fashion courtesy of a last-minute New Zealand try and conversion in the semi-finals at Wembley.
Sam is an ambassador for X-Blades boots plus Kinesio Taping and Shock Doctor.
> Jun 2013: Sam interviews 'Superman' Henry Cavill at the Man of Steel premiere
> Mar 2013: Sam scores a hat-trick against Widnes
> Oct 2012: Highlights from the Super League awards as Sam is named 2012 Man of Steel
> Sep 2012: Transworld Sport feature on Sam
> Sep 2012: "Extraordinary Rugby - the Wigan Whirlwind", highlights of Sam in action
> Sep 2012: Sam Sky's Soccer AM show
> A compilation of Sam's highlights from 2011/12
> Nov 2011: Sam scores a try for the Barbarians at Twickenham
> Nov 2011: Sam answers fans' Twitter questions ahead of the Four Nations Final
> May 2010: Sam's five try debut against Whitehaven