Jack Walker, 18, has been named as captain for Yorkshire Carnegie for the team’s game against London Scottish in the Greene King IPA Championship this Saturday.

Walker, who signed a contract with the club aged 16 and made his debut at 17, will become the youngest player to captain the club when he steps in for Ryan Burrows, who will miss the game through suspension. Jacob Rowan was the previous youngest when he was appointed captain aged 22 in 2012.

The hooker has progressed through the club’s Academy system and has now made 17 first team appearances.  He has plenty of experience in the captain’s role, having led England at U16 and U18 level. 

Speaking about the chance to captain Yorkshire Carnegie Jack said: “It’s a big pleasure to have been named captain and to have the trust of the coaches.  It was a bit of a shock when Tommy asked me, with me being a young player, but when he explained to me the reasons I was happy say yes and to go down to London Scottish as captain.  Everybody has been supportive in the team and I know there are 15 leaders on the field, not just one.

“I have captained England U16s and U18s and it’s a role I enjoy, it doesn’t change my game on the field, but I like to lead from the front so I am looking forward to wearing the armband on Saturday.

“It’s a massive game for us this weekend at London Scottish.  Although we lost against Worcester there were a lot of positives to take from that game and we are moving in the right direction.  We are in a good place as a group and hopefully we can go down to Scottish and play our game and get a winning result.”

Explaining his decision to make Walker captain Yorkshire Carnegie coach Tommy McGee said: “Jack is a special player with outstanding leadership qualities.  He has a massive future in the game and in the absence of our captain Ryan Burrows for the next three games, he was the natural choice to be named captain and I am confident he will do the club proud.”