Samuel Brook Vesty
(born 26 November 1981) is an English rugby union
footballer who plays utility back (though his preferred position is full back) for Bath Rugby
Vesty is the fourth generation of his family to play for the Tigers. His father Phil Vesty made 47 first-team appearances for Leicester as a prop between 1971–1976, his paternal grandfather Albert (Bernard) Vesty made one appearance for Leicester on the wing in the last game of the 1946/47 season, and a great-grandfather, Jack Dickens, a centre-cum-wing, made 15 first-team appearances for Tigers in the 1909–1910 season. Vesty is an all-round sportsman, having played as a wicket-keeper
for Leicestershire C.C.C.
's 2nd XI before having to give up cricket
to focus on his rugby. He has also played tennis
to county level.
He attended John Cleveland College
, and plays in a rock band with other Tigers players Dan Hipkiss
, Aaron Mauger
and George Chuter
called Slo Progress.
Vesty came through the Tigers academy, making his first team début in 2002 Biarritz
in the Orange cup.
Vesty can play full back, fly-half or centre. He has also played one game the wing, though his lack of pace proved problematic. His strengths lie in the fact that he is an all-round footballer, with good ball handling and kicking skills.
Initially Vesty played as a fly-half after Andy......