Hoppers reappoint captain Moon

Date: 20 May 2013

PGRFC are delighted to announce the reappointment of Dominic Moon as 1st XV captain for the 2013/14 season. The current Lancashire No. 8 has been an integral part of the Hoppers squad since joining the club from Halifax RFC at the start of the 2009/10 season. Since then he has gone on to make 79 appearances in all competitions scoring a remarkable 50 tries in the process. He holds the national league record for tries scored in a game by a forward having bagged seven against Otley in April 2012. He has started the last seven Lancashire County Championship games and is expected to be named in the side when they face Cornwall in this weekend’s County Championship Final at Twickenham.

1st XV captain Dominic Moon on the charge against Luctonians

1st XV captain Dominic Moon on the charge against Luctonians

Speaking on his decision to reappoint Moon for a second season with the armband, Head Coach Michael Lough said “Dominic showed this season that he is a natural leader, commanding the respect of his peers as well as the coaching and management staff. He was therefore a natural choice to continue as captain and I am personally looking forward to working with him again in the coming season.”

Commenting on his reappointment Dominic said “I learnt a lot last season about combining the demands of being a player with those of captaining a team and I am delighted to be able to continue in the role. I’ll be looking for more consistency from both myself and the squad in terms of positive performances all the way through the season. On a personal note I really enjoy leading what is a great squad to be a part of but I’m determined that we all learn the lessons of this season and ensure we continue to improve in the 2013/14 campaign”.

Director of Rugby Gareth Dyer said “I agree with Michael’s assessment of Dominic and I’m delighted that he is to continue in the role. I have been able to see Dominic develop as a player from a young age and he is maturing as both a player and captain. A club like ours thrives on stability and having the captain and coaching team in place will ensure we retain the leadership structure that served us well last season. Dominic has committed himself to Hoppers and I’m delighted that the majority of last season’s squad has done likewise. This will allow us to build upon the progress of recent seasons without the need for wholesale changes in personnel”.

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