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Scott van Breda named new Jersey Reds captain

Van Breda will captain a new-look Jersey Reds squad in his first season with the club. Credit: Tony Curr

Scott van Breda has been appointed as the new captain of Jersey Reds.

The South African full-back, who played for Western Province and the Stormers before moving to St Peter this summer, succeeds Pierce Phillips after his departure to Premiership Worcester Warriors.

The 25-year-old started two of the club’s three pre-season matches and took the armband for their home victory against Coventry.

It's a real privilege for me, something I wasn't really expecting when I first came here. I got the chance against Coventry and really enjoyed it, now it's just about embracing it and growing each week. I've got such a nice bunch of guys around me - a whole lot of other leaders - so it's going to be an easy job, rather than having to take on some big burden. It's an honour and a privilege.

– Scott van Breda, Captain, Jersey Reds

The Reds begin their sixth season in the Championship at home to Doncaster Knights on Saturday.

Last year the club enjoyed their best ever campaign finishing fifth in English rugby’s second tier and reaching the final of the British & Irish Cup.

When you look at your captain, you want to make sure he's on the team sheet each week. Scott's definitely going to be involved when fit and playing well. To start with he was a quiet voice, but he showed by the way he conducted himself at training and the quiet words he was having with players. I'm excited to see how he embraces the challenge and I'm sure it's one he's looking forward to.

– Harvey Biljon, Head Coach, Jersey Reds