Osborne named Warlingham captain for new season

Warlingham RFC has named Jon Osborne, their 26-year-old wing, as their first XV captain for the coming season, the Hamsey Green club’s 93rd year.

Jon Osborne, Warlingham's flying winger, has been named the club's first XV captain

Jon Osborne, Warlingham’s flying winger, has been named the club’s first XV captain

Osborne is a sports coach at Purley’s John Fisher School. He succeeds back-row forward Zack King, who remains the club’s vice-captain.

“Jon has been one of the first names on the team sheet and has been at the club for several years, cementing his reputation as an elusive runner and dependable defender for the club,” said a spokesman for the London and South East Division 2 side.

Warlingham, the area’s senior club, begin the 2014-2015 season with a home fixture against Old Reigatians on September 13. Having narrowly avoided relegation last season they are keen to improve their standing in what looks like a challenging division. The club’s full list of league fixtures can be found on the RFU website here.

Peter Wrightson, the Warlingham chairman, said, “We are delighted that Ozzie has taken up the role, he is an inspirational player and holds the respect of all the other players.”

Osborne said, “This is a great honour for me to captain Warlingham and to follow in the footsteps of some great players. I know I can rely upon the support of all the players, especially the former captains, hopefully to achieve a successful season.”

Warlingham have begun pre-season training on Tuesday evenings at 7pm. New players and newcomers to rugby are all welcome to attend, whether they are looking for a club, wish to improve their fitness or to try the game for the first time.

For geographical reasons, Warlingham have been switched across the regional league’s second division, from the south-east (populated mostly by clubs from Kent), to London and South-East Div 2SE, bringing back a number of traditional fixtures against more local opposition.

Warlingham have also been celebrating the MBE awarded to their veteran front-row forward, Ron Head, who continues to turn out to play despite being well into his 60s and having at least one dodgy knee.

It was not for his help for the lost cause of Warlingham’s fourth XV that Head and his wife, Avril, were both honoured, but for services to children and families, after they have fostered nearly 140 children over the last 30 years.

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