Walker becomes youngest skipper for Yorkshire Carnegie

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Jack Walker is set to become the youngster captain in the history of Rugby Football Union Championship club Yorkshire Carnegie aged just 18 years and 256 days.

The youngster, who has started just two games for the club at hooker, has been handed the responsibility by the club’s caretaker head coach Tommy McGee for the trip to fellow promotion hopefuls the London Scottish.

Ryan Burrows, the regular skipper for the club, is set to begin a three game suspension after he was hauled off for trampling on the Worcester Warriors’ Jonathan Thomas during the club’s 36-17 loss. Jacob Rowan, who moved to Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club Gloucester Rugby last summer, was the previous record holder at 22 years old when he was given the honour in 2012.

Walker maybe seen as a baby compared to some of the other members in the side but he has loads of experience of leading the side through his junior days with the England set up as well s the Yorkshire Under-16 team.

The Yorkshire Carnegie player is definitely one of the most talented players in the country and that was highlighted when he was invited by England boss Stuart Lancaster to train with the senior setup last year. Speaking after the announcement was made, Walker said that it definitely is an honour to be given such a huge responsibility but he added that he doesn’t think much will change.

He mentioned that he will just be wearing the arm band but the team has 15 leaders on the pitch and they will try together and get the result the Yorkshire Carnegie need at the moment.

Walker also said that McGee didn’t say much to him and just told him to go out there and play the game that comes naturally to him.