True Cornishman Sam Gilder was born in the Duchy and raised in the Cornish fishing village of Mevagissey.
The 22-year-old cut his formative rugby teeth at local union club St Austell before moving away from the area as a teenager to study at the University of Gloucestershire.
Following the same path as his Cornwall RLFC team mate Henry Symons, the front row forward played regularly for his University side in British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS).
Like Symons, this led to Gilder representing the South West of England which in turn paved the way for further representative honours. Gilder was part of the South side that faced off against the North in the 2020 Universities Rugby League Origin game.
Despite Gilder and his side losing 20-4 in a game played at Loughborough University, the likeable number nine has continued his promising development within the game by signing for Cornwall RLFC.