Everard Is Green And Whites Skipper
Everard Is Green And Whites Skipper
Nottingham Rugby have announced that back rower Matt Everard has been confirmed as the club's new captain.
The 25 year-old former Wasps and Leicester Tigers forward made his Nottingham debut for the club as an 18 year-old loanee, back in February 2010, when he featured in an away tie against Munster 'A'.
He later joined the club on a full time basis back in 2014 and then, after recovering from an injury, which kept him out of the early part of the 2015/16 campaign, Matt then re-established himself as first team regular and a stand-in captain, deputising for the side-lined Dan Montagu from early December until the end of the season.
During the summer Everard then signed a new two-year deal with the Green and Whites and also continued his role as head coach of the Land Rover Nottingham Rugby Academy side, following his appointment after it's relaunch in the summer of 2015.
Speaking to nottinghamrugby.co.uk, Everard was clearly pleased to have been handed the role and said:
"Being named captain is a big honour and I'm really grateful. Nottingham as a club means a lot to me and I want it to be as successful as possible. I came on loan here when I was 17 and being a local lad I am very affectionate towards the club, city and people.
"The most important thing is for me to play as well as I can consistently. I've never been involved in such a young squad who are willing to work as hard as they have been doing for each other. So hopefully that will set us in good stead for the season. Regardless of the youthful team, the squad is full of leaders and big characters which will make my job easy. I would like to thank the players, management and support staff at Nottingham, and I look forward to seeing all the fans down at The Bay on Sunday."
With Everard being one of several players in Nottingham's leadership group during pre-season training, it was always head coach Ian Costello's intention to announce the team's new captain during the week of Nottingham's Greene King Championship opener against London Scottish, at The Bay, this Sunday (3pm), and Costello added:
"We've tried to create a culture or an environment where leadership was encouraged and leaders could emerge. So that leadership group has had a very central role in what we've done all year and what we hope we have now is a very supportive structure around that. From that group there was another three or four potential captains, so throughout the year, especially with the nature of league, with it being week-in, week-out, and how competitive our back row is, Matt, or whoever we did select, isn't going to be on the pitch every week, so it's key for us that structurally, we have players there that can step-up to that lead role.”
"Matt displays all the traits and characteristics that you'd want a captain to have in any high-performing team. The players look to him naturally, on and off the pitch and I think his influence is really, really significant in both areas. He has huge involvement behind the scenes at the club and he's very supportive and influential with the younger players in the group. On the pitch, he leads by example, has a good presence and communicates well with the referee.”
Advanced, discounted standing tickets for Sunday's home clash with London Scottish are available to purchase via www.nottinghamrugbydirect.co.u... until midnight on Saturday, whilst seated tickets can be bought by calling 0115 907 0070 until 5pm on Friday. Tickets are then available on the gate from 1.30pm on Sunday.
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