Tim Sampson (born 1975 or 1976) is an Australian professional rugby union football coach. He is currently the head coach of the Western Force team that plays in Global Rapid Rugby and Australia's National Rugby Championship.[3] He was previously head coach at the Canberra Vikings.[4]

Tim Sampson
Date of birth1975/1976 (age 43–44) [1]
Place of birthAustralia
Rugby union career
Position(s) Head coach
Current team Western Force
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Wanderers F.C.


Provincial / State sides
Years Team Apps (Points)
1999–2003 Queensland 4 ()
Teams coached
Years Team
2015 Easts Tigers
2015–2017 Tuggeranong Vikings
2017–2018 Canberra Vikings
2018–pres. Western Force

As a player, Sampson represented Queensland and won two premierships with Sunnybank in Brisbane playing as a fly-half or inside centre.[5]

Rugby careerEdit

Sampson played for the Sunnybank club for more than a decade.[5] He represented Queensland on four occasions including a match against the touring England team in 1999 with a young Jonny Wilkinson in their lineup.[5] He also played for the Dublin-based club Wanderers F.C. in Ireland.[5]

Sunnybank won the Queensland Premier Rugby title for the first time in 2005. That season Sampson won the XXXX Medal for Queensland Premier Rugby player of the year, jointly with his Sunnybank teammate James Sua.[6] He captained Sunnybank to their second premiership two years later in 2007.[7]

Sampson was recruited to the Ballymore Tornadoes for the Australian Rugby Championship in 2007 where he played all eight of the team's matches.[2] He retired from playing at the end of that season to take up an assistant coaching position with Sunnybank.[8][7]



  1. ^ "Sick winger keen for a win". The Courier-Mail. 27 July 2007. Archived from the original on 7 May 2018. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  2. ^ a b QRU 2007, p. 22.
  3. ^ "Sampson appointed Force coach". Rugby.com.au. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Tuggeranong coach Tim Sampson to lead Canberra Vikings into NRC season". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 23 April 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d "Tim Sampson wants to bring Canberra Vikings that "pumped him" 10 years ago first NRC title". The Sydney Morning Herald. 3 November 2017. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Annual Report 2005" (PDF 5.1 MB). Queensland Rugby. 2005. pp. 28–29. Archived (PDF) from the original on 14 May 2014. Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  7. ^ a b QRU 2007, p. 27.
  8. ^ McKay, Brett (15 September 2017). "Sampson lifts lid on NRC dark horses". Rugby.com.au. Archived from the original on 22 September 2017.