Fearn's pride at Yorkshire starting role

Darren Fearn is looking to make his mark at Scarborough RUFC
Darren Fearn is looking to make his mark at Scarborough RUFC
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Darren Fearn is a proud man after being named in the Yorkshire starting XV for Saturday's big Roses clash with Lancashire at Scarborough's Silver Royd.

The 27-year-old Darlington Mowden Park prop, who spent his formative years at Scarborough RUFC, will be looking to make his mark in the first of the Bill Beaumont Cup fixtures.

This is Yorkshire's first outing of the county schedule, with games against Cheshire and the Eastern Counties following over the next two weekends.

"The fact that I'm involved in county game at Scarborough is a proud moment, but the fact that it is a Roses fixture and it is in Scarborough just takes it to different levels," he said.

"It is an absolute privilege to play for your county and I'll be going out there to do the very best I can for them.

"If you can't get yourself up for a game like this then you just shouldn't be playing rugby. I'll be a bit nervous before kick-off, but I'm more excited than anything else.

"We have prepared for it well with good training sessions throughout the week.

"The former England coach Stuart Lancaster did a session with us on Thursday, which was spot on and you can tell that all the lads have bought into it.

"Lancashire will be no mugs though, but we are hoping that the Scarborough crowd gets behind us and roars us on to a good result."

The face of rugby union in the town has altered so much since Fearn's days in the minis and the colts.

During that time the club played a few hundred yards further down Scalby Road in a ground that was a little less grand than their new state-of-the-art facility.

Fearn added: "I used to spend nearly every day of the week at the old ground because my family had such a connection with the rugby club.

"My dad Shaun was first team captain, while my grandad Geoff was club president and chairman.

"I think every member of my family has a brick at the new Silver Royd ground, which is such a great facility and one that the town can really be proud of.

"I am a proud Yorkshireman and I'm proud that I'm from Scarborough. My family still live here and I come back to the town quite a lot because Darlington is just up the road.

"It is great that Scarborough RUFC have been given a fixture like this, but it just shows how well the club is thought of.

"I personally can't wait to run out in front of my home-town crowd, it will be a great experience for me."

Scarborough RUFC are urging supporters to get to the game before the 3pm kick-off to prevent congestion.

Adults are £10 on the gate, while under-18s are free of charge.