Poullet 'privileged' to captain Nottingham Rugby

Josh Poullet, NTU Rugby Union Scholar, captains Nottingham Rugby for the first time.

Current NTU student and Rugby Scholar, Josh Poullet was handed the captaincy for the first time in his Nottingham Rugby career this weekend, as they stormed to a resounding win against Richmond.

Sunday’s game at Lady Bay was the third round of the British and Irish (B&I) Cup, where Nottingham showed their class to rack up seven tries and win 43-3. The win takes them to second in Pool 4, level on points with the leaders, Leinster A.

Poullet is a second year Masters student in MRes Sport Science, who plies his trade as a back-row forward. He made his Nottingham debut in the 2013 B&I Cup against Stirling, before signing a contract for the 2014/15 season.

Captaincy is something the student-athlete is used too, having lead the NTU 1st XV last year in their BUCS campaign. However, it is a fantastic achievement to be chosen to captain Nottingham, as Poullet is the first current NTU student to do so for the Championship outfit.

Understandably delighted to be given the honour, Poullet commented:

“It was a privilege to captain Nottingham against Richmond. It was obviously my first time captaining at such a high-level, and it was an experience that I thoroughly enjoyed! It was made even sweeter to win by 7 tries, and also managing to keep them from scoring 1. I am looking forward to another tough week of training ahead of facing Richmond once again next Saturday!”

Poullet was supported by some of his NTU teammates on Sunday, as Ben Brownlie, Tim Cardall (debut), Will Sutton and Cal Hall also featured in the game, with Hall scoring one of the tries. It was also a big day for ex-NTU student, Joe Cobden, who returned to the team after a plague of injuries to score in the first minute.

Speaking of Poullets’ achievement, Nottingham 1st XV Coach, and Head of Rugby at NTU, Neil Fowkes said:

“Josh has been a part of the Rugby programme at NTU and Nottingham Rugby for the last three years, and captaining the side against Richmond is a reflection of the hard work he has put in to being a student-athlete over that time. It is also great that he was supported by four other NTU students in the game.”

Nottingham’s next home match will take place on Boxing Day as they face Yorkshire Carnegie in the big festive Greene King IPA Championship clash (kick-off 2pm).

To keep up with the team, and the progress of our NTU Students, follow @NottinghamRugby or @NTURugbyUnion on Twitter.

Poullet 'privileged' to captain Nottingham Rugby

Published on 13 December 2016
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