Bury Rugby Club name new captain

NEW CAPTAIN: Dan Collins in action for Bury last season
NEW CAPTAIN: Dan Collins in action for Bury last season
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Bury St Edmunds Rugby Club have appointed hooker Dan Collins as their first-team captain for the 2016/17 season.

Collins, originally from New South Wales in Australia, arrived at the club last season having captained Nelson Bay 1st XV for the previous three seasons in Newcastle, Australia before his move to the UK.

He played in all 30 of the Wolfhounds games last season as the newly-promoted Suffolk club finished sixth in National League Two South.

Bury’s director of rugby Gavin Hogg said: “Dan leads by example, whether it be on or off the pitch. His training and work ethic are strong and is an ideal candidate to lead the team.”

Collins takes over the armband from Josh Walker while home-grown winger Chris Snelling will continue in his role as club captain.

“Chris is a Bury player through and through and is as passionate about the club as he is about the game. He is superb ambassador for the club and role model for our younger players in the youth and minis,” added Hogg.

Bury played their first warm-up game on Saturday, hosting Shelford.

The Wolfhounds put in a confident performance, coming out 19-5 winners.

The first league match of the season takes place on Saturday, September 3 with Clifton visiting the Grenne King IPA Haberden (3pm).