Former England U20 named youngest ever captain of Leeds
Jacob has a natural ability as a leader - Diccon Edwards
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Former England Under 20 international Jacob Rowan has been named captain of Leeds Carnegie ahead of the new RFU Championship season. At 22 years old, he will become the youngest ever captain of the club.
Rowan, who captained England U20 and previously played for England U16 and U18, takes over the captain’s armband from Andy Titterrell and surpasses former star Stuart Hooper as the youngster-ever skipper. Hooper was 25 when he led Leeds to promotion back in 2006-07 season.
Commenting on the decision, Head Coach Diccon Edwards said, "I am delighted for Jacob that he will be our permanent captain next season. He did the job on a number of occasions last season on a game by game basis and impressed the coaching staff and his team mates with his leadership and decision making.
"It is important that we support Jacob in the role and our aim is to have a number of leaders within the squad that set the standard for the entire team and not just look to one person to drive the squad forward.
"Jacob has a natural ability as a leader and I am sure he will have benefitted from his first full season as a senior professional last season. He made 28 appearances for us in the Championship last season and was named our Player of the Season by his fellow team mates, so that shows the high regard in which he is held."
It is a huge honour to be named captain of the club - Rowan
Keighley-born Rowan is a product of the Leeds Carnegie Academy and believes his club can challenge for the play offs once again this season.
He explained, “It is a huge honour to be named captain of the club. To follow in the foosteps of people like Tom Palmer, Mike Shelley, Stuart Hooper, Mike MacDonald, Marco Wentzel and Andy Titterrell is massive for me.
"I enjoyed the captaincy role last season when I had the opportunity but the key thing is that we are all moving in the same direction. We recognise as a group that we need to improve on last season and there is a responsibility on all the senior players to lead from the front.
"I will be the one doing the coin toss and communicating with the referee but collectively we will be driving each other on.”