Tonight’s Greene King IPA Championship clash with Bedford will see both Yorkshire Carnegie stalwarts Richard Beck and Pete Lucock play their 100th games for the club in competitive fixtures and for Beck in particular it will mark a well deserved milestone on the tough road of professional rugby.
Beck made his debut back in 2011 against Leicester in a LV Cup clash, a game in which both Joe and George Ford both made their senior bows on the respective teams.
Looking ahead to his 100th game, Beck said, “It has been a long time, longer than I would have liked with all the injuries I have suffered but it is great to have done it with my hometown club.
“I remember playing against some big England stars in that game, Ben Kay played. I remember after a kick off, Kay had me in a head lock, he told me he was going to hold me there for five seconds and then he would let go of me. He was true to his word and let me go but I have learnt my lesson! I think I was a bit giddy because it was my debut and was running around, charging into everything, Ben had had enough of it and decided to ‘old man’ me.
“Joe made his debut in the same game. He has gone away and had a completely different experience to me but he has come on so much since his time at Sale. He is a class fly half and hopefully he can lead us to promotion this year,” added Beck.