Hugo Southwell, the Scotland international player, has been named as the new captain of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Union side the London Wasps for the upcoming season after the retirement of former captain John Hart due to a shoulder injury.
And the 32 year old full back is extremely honored at being trusted with the job of skippering the side as they look to return back to the top of the Aviva Premiership after several seasons in the doldrums.
Speaking about his appointment as the captain of the side, Southwell stated that when he captained the side on certain occasions during last season, it was an extremely pleasurable experience because of the presence of a bunch of really talented players at the club, who can be great leaders themselves. Lock Marco Wentzel of South Africa will take up the role as the deputy of Southwell at the London Wasps. Dai Young, the Director of Rugby for the side stated that they couldn’t have found two more perfect players to lead the side.
According to Young, Southwell and Wentzel make up the perfect combination to lead the side on the pitch as the team looks to build on their efforts of last season and reclaim lost glory. He added that both the players are extremely strong leaders and these two were the catalysts to pull out the club from the troubles when they were going through torment last season. He added that although Hugo is the captain, Marco will play a huge role supporting him this season.
Southwell joined the London Wasps only last season and his performances earned him the Players’ Player of the Year Award at the club and he was also given a new contract. Now, a successful year has been capped off after being appointed as the captain of the side.