Tue 30 Aug 2022 | 11:02

Steyn to lead Glasgow Warriors in 2022/2023 season

Steyn to lead Glasgow Warriors in 2022/2023 season
Tue 30 Aug 2022 | 11:02
Steyn to lead Glasgow Warriors in 2022/2023 season
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NEWS: Kyle Steyn has been named as the new club captain of Glasgow Warriors ahead of the 2022/23 season.

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Glasgow head coach Franco Smith made the announcement ahead of his team’s opening pre-season clash with Worcester Warriors in Inverness this weekend.

The 28-year-old Steyn assumes the role ahead of his fifth season with the club, having initially moved to Scotstoun in February 2019.

He becomes the eleventh player to be handed the captaincy of Glasgow Warriors, taking over from previous co-captains Ryan Wilson and Fraser Brown.

Equally comfortable in the centres as he is on the wing, the former University of Stellenbosch student has scored 13 tries in his 49 appearances in Glasgow colours to date.

“It’s a massive honour for me, and something that I find incredibly humbling,” the Scotland international told glasgowwarriors.org.

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“I love this club, so when Franco asked me to take on the role of captain I was both shocked and grateful. We’re going in an exciting direction as a group, and it’s huge privilege for me and my family.

“Franco sat me down just before training and asked how my wedding went, first of all! He then explained his thinking, and then asked me if I’d like to be captain. Ryan [Wilson] and Fras [Fraser Brown] both came up to me as soon as they’d heard and said congratulations, and said we’d grab a beer later on. They’ve been great as captains and I can’t thank them enough.

“Being involved off the pitch with the cultural side of things as much as I can be really helps me understand the gravity of this club and what it means to everyone associated with it. I’m excited to take that mantle on.

“First and foremost, we want to be a team that plays in a style that reflects the city that we represent. We want to be inspired by our city and to fight for everything like our city and the people that live here have done throughout history.

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“On the field, the goal is to win the URC. That might sound ridiculous to some, but that’s the kind of tone that we need. We know it’s not going to be an easy road to get there, but I truly believe that this group of players is capable of doing something special.”

Head coach Smith added: “Kyle represents everything that Glasgow Warriors stands for. On and off the field, he understands and embodies our club’s values. He leads by example, and he’s part of a new generation of Warriors that can take this club forward.

“As well as that, though, he’s just an absolutely stand-up guy. The way he goes about his business is that of a model professional, and the full squad respects him to a man.

“Good people make good players is one of my biggest philosophies as a coach, and leading off the field is equally as important as leading on the field. We only represent this club for a short while, and we must leave something as a legacy for the generations to follow.

“We firmly believe that Kyle is someone who can help us leave a footprint for those to follow.”

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