Ratcliffe honoured as he lands skipper’s armband

Scarborough RUFC news
Scarborough RUFC news

Scarborough RUFC have announced Tom Ratcliffe as new club captain.

Ratcliffe, who has been with the club since 2011, has replaced Phil Watson, who has stepped down from the role.

The versatile utility man is looking forward to leading Scarborough out for the first time when they travel to Selby in Yorkshire One on September 6.

He said: “It is a huge honour, all you have to do is look at the players around the club that have had that role before me.

“I would have though that there might have been a few others in the queue before me, but I’m obviously delighted.

“Our head coach Lee Douglas spoke to me about it at the end of the season, so I knew that something might have been in the pipeline.

“I just can’t wait to lead the lads out for the first time.”

Ratcliffe is now hoping to lead Scarborough to success when the new Yorkshire One campaign gets underway.

“We let ourselves down at times last season,” he added.

“We stopped doing things that we should have been doing and that obviously affected us.

“We are working hard in training now though and we are all looking forward to the new season.”

Director of rugby Mike Holder was delighted with Tom’s step up to the captain’s role.

He said: “We are very pleased to have Tom captaining the club.

“He is an excellent player and has done the role at different clubs before now.”