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“Oh Captain, my Captain!”

“Our 1st XV line up is the best St David’s has seen” – Mr Lycett, Head of PE

Mr Lycett proudly announced his 1st XV Captain and Vice Captains today:

Ethan Thomas – Team Captain

Years played for 1st XV: 2

Position: Scrum Half (Number 9)

Club played for: Llandudno

Most memorable game:

Winning against Rydal 1st XV for the first time in the school’s history.

Jamie Appleton-Booth – Vice Captain – Backs Leader

Years played for 1st XV: 1

Position: Fly Half (Number 10)

Club played for:

Llandudno, Colwyn Bay and RGC

Most memorable game:

Running the pitch against Dolgellau and passing to Ethan who then scored his first try for the 1st XV.

Sion Roberts – Vice Captain – Off Field Captain

Years played for 1st XV: 1

Position: Full Back (Number 15)

Club played for: Llandudno and Rhyl

Most memorable game:

Playing against Isle of Man Select when I dummy kicked a player!

Owain Evans – Vice Captain – Forwards Captain

Years played for 1st XV: 1st year

Position: Second Row (Number 5)

Club played for:

Llangefni, Caernarfon and RGC

Most memorable game:

Winning against Ospreys East at home while representing RGC.

Chatting to the Captain and Vice Captains of the SDC 1st XV team, it was clear that their plans for the coming term are solid and positive. The boys are determined to use this time when it is not possible to play matches to strengthen their team, improve fitness and develop exciting new formations.

Ethan Thomas, Team Captain, explains the plan for the Autumn Term: “Mr Lycett is keen to continue with a free-flowing game plan, where all players are interchangeable. During training, we are going to concentrate on making this happen.”

Owain Evans explains how they will start to achieve this: “We want to work on our players being confident on the ball and to make their own decisions.”

Jamie Appleton-Booth spoke of focusing on improving open play options: “We would also like to develop a new structure. We’ve been working on our skills sets to keep the ball moving at all times. It’s a pattern of play that has worked well and unlike other teams, we’d like to ensure all players are a triple threat! Doing this will mean that once set pieces are completed, we are all inter-changeable.”

Ethan: “We want our team to play in a way that other teams aren’t expecting. That’s the importance of having a repertoire of formations.”

Owain: We want to be more diverse.

Ethan: It’s frustrating not being able to play but we’ll take advantage of the situation to strengthen the team.

Sion Roberts also pointed out the need to keep players engaged and positive: “It will also be a challenge to keep the team motivated because obviously we all live to play. Having a combination of full training sessions and then smaller more focused strength and conditioning sessions will help.

Ethan: We will have our full team training sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and then smaller gym sessions. We will all try to make it to the gym during our free time and this will give us the opportunity as Captain and Vice Captains to encourage individuals within the team.

Jamie: We’ll also develop our Teambuildr programmes. They worked well during Lockdown.

Ethan: I think circuit training could also be a good opportunity to drill as a team and to keep everyone positive and motivated.

It sounds like the team and their teachers have a great plan! We are all looking forward to seeing them grow in strength until the day that they can truly be running the pitch in play once again.


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