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National League 1 side Bishop's Stortford RFC searching for new captain after Sam Winter retires



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Finding a new captain is top of Bishop's Stortford coaches Marcus Cattell and Tom Coleman's list of priorities following Sam Winter's retirement.

The outside centre is stepping down from first-team rugby having been with the club for more than two decades and worn the armband since 2017.

Scrum-half and fellow home-grown player Sam Coleman and full-back/winger Mike Ayrton are also hanging up their boots while prop Seb Brownhill is moving to National League 1 rivals Cambridge.

Sam Winter, left, and Sam Coleman. Picture: Andy Todd
Sam Winter, left, and Sam Coleman. Picture: Andy Todd

Joint head coach Cattell thanked all four of them for their excellent service as his thoughts turn to next season.

"Finding a new captain is at the top of our list of things we need to think about and talk about," said Catttell, whose side lost their final game of the campaign to Tonbridge Juddians at Silver Leys on Saturday as they finished ninth.

"There are definitely some candidates in there so we need to make sure it's the right choice for the team and the player."

Seb Brownhill, left, and Mike Ayrton. Picture: Andy Todd
Seb Brownhill, left, and Mike Ayrton. Picture: Andy Todd

Cattell admitted Winter's departure was a huge loss, but added: "It gives others the opportunity to step up."

Winter and Sam Coleman could still play a few games of social rugby for the club while Mike Ayrton will watch from the sidelines as his brother James continues to represent the first team.

The club are set to announce the players who have signed up for next term in the coming weeks.

"We're pretty happy with the squad but we want to add in some areas," said Cattell. "I think we're in a good position."



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