ANDREW McClintock has been named captain of Southend Rugby Club.

The 29-year-old New Zealander has taken over from father-to-be Ben Green, who has decided to step down.

And McClintock is delighted to have been given the extra responsibility.

"I'm really stoked and it's a massive honour for me," said the powerful forward.

"I was captain at my former club Kaikorai back in New Zealand and while it's good news it's a real shame Ben can't carry on anymore."

Green has handed over the role as he is about to become a father.

But McClintock was quick to pay tribute to the job he had done in charge.

"I think Ben will be in a few sleepless nights but he's been a great captain for us," said McClintock who got married at the weekend.

"I always really enjoyed playing for him and he we will be a tough act to follow but I shall certainly be giving it my best shot."

McClintock will be leading the way as the Seasiders strive to make a good impression on National League Two.

And he insists they are ready to rub shoulders with sides at that level.

"We are really looking forward to it and it's going to be a real challenge," said McClintock who is now in his second spell with Southend.

"Last year was fantastic and we want to try and take that momentum into the new season.

"We need to make sure our error rate is low and that we keep our concentration.

"They are the most important things to do because we can't afford to give away cheap penalties which will see our opponents grab an easy three points."

Southend start their league season on Saturday September 1 with a home clash against Stourbridge.

And coach Kevin Harman is sure McClintock will be a success.

"When we found out Ben couldn't carry on it was an easy decision to pick Andrew," he said.

"He has played the game at a very high level in New Zealand and is a very good communicator.

"He will do a good job and I'm pleased to have him as captain.

"Everyone is behind him and we're ready for the new season."