Scarborough RUFC name new skipper

Scarborough RUFC have named their new first team captain
Scarborough RUFC have named their new first team captain

Scarborough RUFC have handed the first-team captaincy to Matty Jones, replacing Tom Ratcliffe, who relinquished the post last season.

Jones returns to the club at the end of September for a second stint and will walk straight into the club as captain.

Matty Jones is Scarborough RUFC's new skipper

Matty Jones is Scarborough RUFC's new skipper

The Kiwi isn’t fazed by stepping in at the deep end.

A delighted Jones said: “It was great news to be asked by the club to take on the captain role this year.

“Tom (Ratcliffe) has done a great job over the past few seasons with the boys and I’m hoping to add on from him.

“I’ve always had leadership roles within the rugby clubs I’ve played at around the world and to finally be asked to captain for the first time at senior level I’m over the moon.”

Scarborough RUFC’s director of rugby Mike Holder is excited by the appointment.

He said: “We are pleased to announce Matty as club captain for next season.

“The board feel that Matty has the skills, ability and personality to help move the senior playing section forward.”

Jones is anticipating a tough season ahead but also thinks they could challenge for the Yorkshire One title.

“We have a tough job this season ahead of us but from what I’ve seen and heard about how pre-season is going so far, the boys are really up for it and looking forward to getting the league underway.

“The league this year will be tight as there are some very strong teams and each week will be a test for us.

“We have some derbies too, which will make for some great games at home this year.

“I can’t wait to get over and just stuck into it with the boys.

“I’m looking forward to working closely with Lee Douglas, Phil Watson and the coaching staff and pushing a style of play at Scarborough that will see us give the league a real good go this year.”