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Stephen Leonard is elected new captain of Cambridge University RUFC




New Cambridge University RUFC captain Stephen Leonard. Picture: Keith Heppell
New Cambridge University RUFC captain Stephen Leonard. Picture: Keith Heppell

Stephen Leonard has described feeling in a “lucky position” after being elected captain of Cambridge University Rugby Union Football Club.

The 22-year-old was chosen by his peers to succeed Nick Koster and lead the Light Blues into the 2019 Varsity Match in December.

And Leonard believes that the experience of the 38-16 defeat to Oxford last December could help drive the squad.

“There is no beating around the bush, no-one is happy with what happened in December but we’re actually in a very privileged position because we hopefully have 16 returning Blues next year which is actually pretty unheard of,” said the medical student.

“A lot of those guys this time last year weren’t really being looked at for the Blues squad whatsoever and because of the great work, largely by Kossie [Nick Koster], we actually now have a group of guys who are very talented and are very driven.

“I think that loss will just mean that everyone is going to work even harder and be more desperate to get into a better place for next year.”

He added: “I look at it as being very lucky to take over a group of guys with really good experience and hopefully now unbelievable desire.”



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