The continuous lockdowns due to Covid-19 pandemic is not stopping this Malaysian rugby player to chase his dreams. After Dineshwaran Krishnan, Lawrence Petrus and Amin Jamaluddin signed for foreign rugby clubs, Samuel Rentap will be the latest Malaysian player to play abroad. The Sarawak born Cobra Rugby Club player has accepted an offer to join TV 1834 Pforzheim in the German Rugby Bundesliga.

Better known as Sam among his team mates, the openside flanker has been playing competitive rugby since 2012. He is described as a hardworking, fit, passionate about rugby and a very polite guy. A Civil Engineering student at the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Sam was one of the key players for Cobra in the Malaysia Rugby Super League. Since joining the club in 2015, he was developed and transformed into a stronger player for a bigger stage.

His hard work and determination did not go unnoticed. In 2019, he was named in the Malaysia national team for the Asia Rugby Championship. After earning three caps against the top teams in Asia, Sam joined Malaysia Valke rugby team in the 2019/20 Global Rapid Rugby. He was featured in a match against Western Force before the competition was put on hold due to the pandemic.

The ongoing pandemic situation has crippled the rugby competitions around the world. Sam’s move to Germany is at the right time as there were no competitive rugby matches in the region for almost two years now. The 24-year-old player has been keeping fit and will play alongside Amin Jamaluddin and Alif Ikhmal at Pforzheim. The Rugby Bundesliga is expected to kick-off in September.