Southend Rugby Club skipper James Kellard expecting tough opening test against Dings Crusaders (From Echo)
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Southend Rugby Club skipper James Kellard expecting tough opening test against Dings Crusaders
JAMES Kellard knows Southend will be in for a tough start to their National Two South season at Dings Crusaders tomorrow, but the new Seasiders skipper still hopes they will be able to come out on top.
The summer signing will be captaining Southend for the first time in a competitive fixture for their battle in Bristol.
And, despite being hit by a number of injuries, Kellard hopes to be able to get off to a successful start.
“The injuries we’ve picked up are unfortunately part and parcel of rugby but we have a strong squad and will have to try and ride the storm in the opening few weeks, starting against Dings,” said Kellard.
“Like all teams in the south-west they have a big, string pack which will be tough to play against and they also have a very good number 10 we need to be wary of.
“But we have good players in our team as well and we will be going there looking to get our season off to a good start.”
As they attempt to make that happen, the Seasiders will be missing second row Chris Green who suffered a broken leg in last weekend’s friendly against Rosslyn Park.
Hooker Adam Ferrier has also been ruled out, alongside fly-half Bradley Burr.
But Kellard, who played for London Scottish and then Thurrock last season, is keen for Southend to carry on from where they left off last term.
“I know they got off to a slow start last season and struggled for a bit before ending very strongly and we want to carry that on now,” said Kellard.
“I’m sure it’s going to be another tough season against some strong teams but we’ve done well in pre-season and want to take that in to the league now.”
Kellard will also be captaining the Seasiders as they bid to see off Dings.
And he is proud to have been given the extra responsibility.
“I’m not too sure why but I’ve been captain a lot throughout my career and I think it’s just because I can shout louder than anyone else,” said Kellard.
“It’s a real honour for me though and I’ve settled in well because I knew a few of the lads from earlier on in my career.
“I’m also friends with Chris Green so that’s how the move came around and we can’t wait to get started now”