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Rob McCusker named Scarlets captain for forthcoming season

Rob McCusker, seen here on the left, was described as a 'natural leader' by head coach Simon Easterby Photo: Tom Hevezi/AP

The Scarlets have named back row forward Rob McCusker as the region's captain for the 2012/13 season.

The 26-year-old has appeared 68 times in the Scarlets shirt with 15 points and has won four caps for Wales.

McCusker said he was 'delighted' and 'honoured' to be handed the captain's armband.

It’s a big honour and privilege to be asked and I was delighted to be picked as captain after six season in the Scarlets shirt. This region has supported me well as a player coming through and backed my progression. I will give it everything I can to help lead our team and work hard alongside the boys to see us achieve our potential and push forward in 2012/13.

– Rob McCusker

McCusker, from Wrexham began his playing career with Mold RFC.

After being spotted by the Scarlets he made his debut for the region in August 2007 against Exeter Chiefs.

He has achieved international honours with the Wales under-20s and Wales 7s team and more recently under coach Warren Gatland, earning four caps for Wales including his most recent game against the All Blacks in Hamilton in June 2010.

Scarlets head coach Simon Easterby described McCusker as a ‘natural leader’ who has earned the respect and support of his fellow players.

McCusker takes over the role from Matthew Rees, who has captained the Scarlets for the past two seasons.

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