Affectionately known as ‘Hambo’, the fly half was born in Gloucester and was educated at Oxstalls School, joining local club Coney Hill at the age of 16. After a short term at Cheltenham RFC, Hamlin moved to join Gloucester in 1982.
The more than competent fly-half captained his home town club in 1989-90 and 1990-91 and was the captain that led Gloucester out at Twickenham on Saturday 5th May 1990, against Bath in the Pilkington Cup Final.
Mike won representative honours with the South West regional team and was a member of the England ‘B’ touring team to Spain in 1989 playing against Basque Select XV and Spain. Mike made a total of 281 appearances for Gloucester.