RUGBY: Captain May eager to make his mark in big time

Tom May scores against Rotherham last season

Tom May scores against Rotherham last season

First published in Rugby Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter specialising in Rugby, Cricket and Athletics. Call me on 01865 425456

TOM May said he jumped at the chance to captain London Welsh in the Aviva Premiership.

Centre May and lock Matt Corker will continue as the Exiles’ team and club skippers in 2014-15, it was announced yesterday.

May, 35, who suggested he will retire after a second season with Welsh, is relishing leading the Oxford-based club on their return to the top flight.

He said: “After winning the Championship final I allowed myself a couple of days to forget totally about rugby and went on holiday, but as much as I didn’t want, to I was immediately thinking about next season.

“So when I came back and Justin Burnell asked me to be team captain again I was always going to jump at the chance, because I loved doing it last year.

“They’re a great bunch of lads and the new players we’ve signed so far just complement what we had from before.

“To lead the team out in the Premiership at places where I’ve played so much of my rugby will be amazing.

“I’m probably looking at finishing this year so to be asked to be captain allows me to really enjoy this last year, put everything in to it and get the most out of it.”

Corker, 31, is preparing for his eighth season with Welsh, having battled back from a heart condition to play a key role in their Greene King IPA Championship triumph.

Corker said: “For the club to be back in the Premiership and for me to have the honour of being club captain is something I’m really grateful for and very proud of.

“Last season there was a really good dynamic between Tom and I.

“I perhaps did more of the off field stuff, and Tom brings his wealth of experience to the on field, but I’d like to think we blur the lines a little bit. We’re a team.

“To be back in the Premiership is a fantastic achievement by the club, as well as for me personally.

“I really hope we can have a fantastic season and I think we’re in a great position to do that, and really push the club forward.”

Head coach Burnell said: “Tom and Matt were great to work with last season. They’re two of the most professional and honourable people I have ever met.

“Matt has London Welsh running through his veins and Tom is an absolute role model both on and off the field.

“In the Championship semi-finals and finals they both came into their own. They were born leaders for us.”

Latest Sport news

RUGBY UNION: Browne's back for London Welsh's Bath clash

Oxford Mail:

2:56pm Friday 31st October 2014

DANIEL Browne makes his first start of the season as part of a much-changed London Welsh side for tomorrow’s LV= Cup opener at Bath (3).

Oxford United put trust in youngster Holmes-Dennis

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Friday 31st October 2014

MICKEY Lewis says the form of rookie defender Tareiq Holmes-Dennis has surpassed his expectations, allowing Oxford United to loan out Tom Newey to Northampton Town yesterday.

Lewis calls for Oxford United to match Wycombe's intensity

Oxford Mail:

9:10am Friday 31st October 2014

OXFORD United’s players must be prepared to match Wycombe Wanderers’ work rate when the sides meet at the Kassam Stadium tomorrow, according to Mickey Lewis.

Riley open to extended stay at Oxford United

Oxford Mail:

9:10am Friday 31st October 2014

JOE Riley would consider extending his loan at Oxford United, but is in the dark about where his future lies in the new year.

RUGBY UNION: Injury-hit London Welsh may need more signings

Oxford Mail: Justin Burnell

9:00am Friday 31st October 2014

JUSTIN Burnell says London Welsh may have to bring in some new players to cope with their mounting injury problems.

Oxford United fans gearing up for Yellow Army Day

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Friday 31st October 2014

MORE than 500 flags have been delivered as part of the plans for Yellow Army Day tomorrow.

Ainsworth relishing 'M40 derby' with Oxford United

Oxford Mail:

8:40am Friday 31st October 2014

GARETH Ainsworth is expecting the atmosphere at the Kassam Stadium to crackle when Oxford United host his Wycombe Wanderers side tomorrow.

Whing delight at injury-free appearances for Oxford United

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Friday 31st October 2014

IT may have ended on a low note with defeat at Carlisle United, but last week marked a major step forward for Andy Whing.

ROWING: Tethys rule the roost in Upper Thames Autumn Head

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Friday 31st October 2014

While Oxford University’s lightweight women, Tethys, had a bumper day in the Upper Thames Autumn Head at Henley there were successes, too, for other local clubs, writes John Wiggins.

RUGBY UNION: Henley blow as Robinson gets recall to Welsh

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Friday 31st October 2014

HENLEY Hawks will be without regular half backs Will Robinson and Connor Murphy for their trip to Canterbury in National 2 South tomorrow.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree