Cardiff RFC Joey Tomlinson has been named captain of the Blue and Blacks for a second successive season as head coach Steve Law steps up preparation for the 2018/19 season.
The 25-year-old will be hoping for better luck in his second captain as leader of the playing group, after a knee injury picked up against Pontypridd last October ended his 2017/18 campaign after just seven appearances.
However, Tomlinson is now back fit and firing, and will be pulling on the number two jersey again this season as captain of one of the sides of his hometown club.
Despite being young for a front row player, Joey has already made 69 appearances for Cardiff RFC over the last four seasons after coming through the Cardiff Blues academy and appearing for the Cardiff Blues Premiership Select XV in recent years.
He will lead a playing squad that has had a number of new faces added to it this summer, ahead of an all-important Principality Premiership season that could see up to five teams relegated as the Welsh Rugby Union chooses to take the number of sides in the league from 16 down to 12.
Speaking to the Cardiff RFC website, Tomlinson said, “As a local boy I am immensely proud to be the captain of my home town club. Last year was tough with the injury but wanting get back on the pitch in Blue & Black was a huge driver for me.
“I would also like to thank all those who have been involved in the process of getting me back fit ready for this season. I am looking forward to what promises to be a great season for Cardiff RFC.”
Head coach Steve Law added, “Joey has worked tremendously hard since his injury so early last season, but at every opportunity he was at the game, supporting from the terraces and towards the end of the season being there as part of the team on the pitch even though not able to play.
“His determination to get back to fitness is all down to his desire to play again this season and I am delighted he has accepted the captaincy.”
Cardiff RFC’s pre-season fixtures kick-off against Clifton in Bristol on Saturday 11th August, before they face the Old Albanians at the Arms Park a week later and finish against Tata Steel in Port Talbot on Saturday 25th.