Josh Turnbull named Cardiff captain

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Cardiff back rower Josh Turnbull has been named club captain for the 2021/22 season, the first officially named captain since 2018/19.

The 33-year-old has led the team numerous times on the field over the last three years but now takes the position permanently having played more minutes than any other player in each of those three campaigns. He has 157 appearances under his belt in all competitions, and earned a recall to the Wales squad over the summer on the back of his consistently good performances.

Ellis Jenkins was the last club captain in that 2018/19 campaign that saw him suffer his serious knee injury, but he has not returned to that role as he concentrates on returning to action after four appearances last season.

Speaking to the club official website, Turnbull said “It’s a massive honour and privilege for both myself and my family to captain Cardiff and follow in the footsteps of so many great players. It’s always a proud moment to lead the boys out, particularly at the Arms Park, and it’s something I am really looking forward to doing once again as club captain.

“I am really excited about what this group can achieve, with Dai Young at the helm, the direction we are going and progress we are making. Hopefully I can play my part, lead by example and help drive standards but I will also be leaning on other boys in the squad who have captained the team like Ellis, Lloyd Williams, Kristian Dacey and Kirby Myhill.

“I am also very aware that I still need to perform to the very best of my ability on the pitch. We have a hugely competitive back five in the pack and I still have to earn my place on merit.”

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