This is particularly special for our club as Dan started his Rockcliff career in 2006 as a 12-year-old front rower.
His love of rugby started at Valley Gardens Middle School and Dan expressed a desire to play for the same club as his dad Alex and his Uncle Matty. Back in those days we did not have the flourishing mini and junior set up we have today. So, after an unsuccessful training session with another local club, his dad and Trevor Straker managed to drum up enough interest from his school friends build an U13 team at the Rock. Since then Dan has progressed through the age grades up to Colts, captaining the U16s & the Colts. He was the last recipient of the fabled Colt of the year Trophy (which is to be resurrected this year).
After school Dan went to Durham University where he continued his love of Rugby, playing for Josephine Butler College where he captained the team in his 2nd and 3rd years.
After his studies he returned to Rockcliff to play where he linked up with fellow members of his Colts team, playing for 3rd and 2nd teams and more recently in the 1st XV.
Coach Darren Cunningham explained the rationale behind the decision “Dan is a well-respected, popular member of the team who has continually impressed me by his attitude in training, his work rate and his innate leadership skills. He is an abrasive player in a key position within the team and I am sure he will develop into fantastic captain for Rockcliff RFC”
Dan commented that “It is an honour to be selected as the captain of Rockcliff RFC. For as long as I can remember it has been an important part of my life and I will do my best to make the club proud and live up to the high standards maintained by all that have gone before me. I feel incredibly fortunate to be captain at such an exciting time with a a great team of people who work so hard for our team on and off the pitch….Palmam qui meruit ferat, I’ll do my best to bear the palm.”
Rockcliff RFC would like to wish Dan all the luck in captaining his boyhood club in what is an extremely exciting time. We have a new coaching partnership in Darren Cunningham and Craig Hamilton, our fantastic AGP is almost ready and we have plans for a player’s gym and a members lounge extension.
The future is bright, the future is cardinal and gold. #UTR