Former England international Chris Jones, 35, has been named as Yorkshire Carnegie captain for the forthcoming 2015-16 Greene King IPA Championship.

Jones, who joined Yorkshire last summer from Worcester, will skipper the team for the first time this Friday when Carnegie take on Romania at Headingley Carnegie, kick off 5.30pm. He will be assisted by former captain Ryan Burrows, who is now vice captain along with scrum half Chris Pilgrim.
 
Commenting on the appointment Head Coach Bryan Redpath said, “We have developed a squad that has a number of natural leaders within the group and they will all need to play a key role this season if we are going to achieve the goals that we have set ourselves. Chris Jones was the outstanding candidate to captain the team this season given his experience and desire to lead the team forward.  Crucially he is at the heart of our set piece both for the scrum and line out and can have a major influence on those areas for us as captain.
 
“Ryan Burrows has led the team during a difficult transition period over the last few years and done a great job, often in very difficult circumstances. By moving to vice captain it will allow him to concentrate solely on his playing duties whilst the team can still benefit from the qualities that made him central to the side in recent years.
 
“Chris Pilgrim is now in his second season at the club and he has impressed the coaching staff with his work during pre-season. The combination of him, Chris Jones and Ryan Burrows will give a good dynamic to that leadership group and we are all looking forward to the challenges ahead,” added Redpath. 
 
Commenting on his appointment, Jones said, “It is a very proud moment for me personally to be named captain. I have never captained a side before but I am looking forward to the honour of leading this side. I have played under a number of captains during my career, good and bad, and you hope you pick up a lot off the good ones and learn the lessons from the bad ones. There is a lot of experience within our team and they don’t need much leading however hopefully I can help them step up to do what they need to do this season.
 
“We face Romania this Friday at Headingley Carnegie. It is a tough test but a massive opportunity for the players to show what they have been working on all summer and try and impress Bryan and the coaching staff against international opposition.
 
“We are heading in the right direction for the start of the season. We have Romania this week and then a couple more pre-season games after that when a few more of the long term injured players will be getting involved. Our focus this week is on Romania but we always have that opening game against Jersey in September in the back of our minds. Everything has been laid out for us to be able to put our best foot forward when the season comes. We all know we under performed last season but we are excited about what is ahead of us now,” added Jones.