Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Rugby Union: SKIPPER IN PLEA FOR SOME PLAYER POWER; Rugby Notes

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Rugby Union: SKIPPER IN PLEA FOR SOME PLAYER POWER; Rugby Notes

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Byline: By PETER GRIFFITHS

REDCAR skipper Neil Young would be a far happier man if he thought he was getting the full support he deserves from the majority of his squad.

Young's own loyalty to the club is deep and unquestionable.

He came off the pitch after his club's mercurial last minute 32-31 Yorkshire One win over Heath a week ago resembling his 'cameo' appearance in Atonement, filmed on Redcar beach.

Knee gone, ribs shattered, bloodied - he was a real challenge to the medical people and the club physio. But 'Youngey' resembles a Tonka toy - tough and indestructible - remember the advert?

However his own devotion and that of just some of his squad is not being matched by many who just don't seem to realise that life in Yorkshire One is different to the Durham and Northumberland set-up.

Young explained: "Yorkshire One teams are a lot fitter. We used to have the likes of Billingham and Gateshead who want to spread the ball, but they all do it here.

"They all want to spread the ball and play some running rugby. That means we have to up our levels and get around the park more.

"We also have to make our tackles count because its running rugby now compared to a bit of a battle in Durham and Northumberland Two.

"To be honest I saw the new league like a promotion. We struggled to get to grips with Durham and Northumberland One.

"We had a load of injuries and a lot of players on the verge of stepping down although we knew there were some new ones coming in which was going to be a plus.

"Then came the league news and we realised we would have to spread the net further and build even stronger as I believe it's stronger there. The RFU are moving teams to Yorkshire One because teams are going up from that league and staying up, not going up and coming down like we are used to. It's a lot better and a lot stronger."

He expanded on the decision to bring in ex-Newcastle Falcons and Mowden Park man Shaun Richardson. …

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