Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Former Ulster Fly-half Windsor Joins Strikers

The Houston Strikers continue to make moves. Not long after announcing Justin Fitzpatrick as they head coach the team has announced that Sam Windsor has joined to play fly-half as well as coach the backs. Windsor is originally from Australia and came up through the Brumbies system. He never featured for the first team but did play for the NSW Country Eagles in the NRC. He also signed with Ulster in 2015 and went on to make eight appearances for the team. Additionally, from what TIAR understands Windsor will be eligible to play for the Eagles at the next World Cup. He will also qualify on residency.

Below is the press release from the Strikers:
The Houston Strikers are delighted to announce Sam Windsor will be joining us as Flyhalf and Backs coach.

Sam is a product of the famous ACT Rugby Academy in Australia. He has played for Ulster in the PRO12 and the English Premiership team Worcester Warriors.

Take the jump to read more.

Sam says: “I’m excited about my role with such an ambitious team and look forward to help building an environment which will produce long term success. Their planned facilities will be on a par with, if not better than, many professional teams in Europe and in the southern hemisphere. I can’t wait to get to Houston and begin to help with building what I hope will become a legendary program.”

Strikers Head Coach, Justin Fitzpatrick said. “I’m thrilled a player and coach of Sam’s pedigree will be joining us. As a flyhalf, Sam’s talent and experience is unrivaled in North America. He will help lead the team on and off the field, providing confidence and direction. When I joined the Strikers, what drew me was the excellence of their management group; Sam fits right into that mold.”

The Strikers will announce further signings in the coming weeks. Our goal is to build a Rugby team and sports culture that gives the sports mad city of Houston something to get truly excited about.

“Inspiring Houston to fall in love with Rugby.”


  1. The depth at fly half continues to grow. This is good.

  2. I hope he qualifies for the World Cup, he would actually be a great fit for what Mitchell wants in the #12 jersey. However, I'm confused how he will qualify: under residency he was at Ulster through November of 2016, so he wouldn't qualify on residency until November or December 2019. He wasn't born in the US was he? Was one of his parents or grandparents a US citizen? Those are the three ways to qualify: birth, parent/grandparent, residency-36months consecutive. Marriage isn't a factor.