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Kenny named club captain for Championship return

Danny Kenny has been named Ealing Trailfinders club captain for the team’s return to the Greene King IPA Championship.

The Irish flanker joined Ben Ward’s side ahead of the 2014-15 season and played 17 matches, eight of which were as captain. The 25-year-old scored five tries to help the team to the National 1 title, a season in which he played across all three back-row positions. 

“For any player it is a privilege for your peers to think of you in that way, so when he (Ward) offered it, I jumped on it, ” Kenny said. 

“I captained the squad a good bit last year and he said I lead by example and encourage people by my actions and that is what I will try to install this year. I will try to instill confidence in players and help them be the best they can be. 

“In this team there are a number of natural leaders, so I don’t think it will be too tough. We are a very ambitious club and we are looking to push forward this season.”

Prior to arriving at Vallis Way in 2014 the Wicklow-native played for Doncaster Knights, London Irish, Munster Academy and Leinster A. 

He made his Ealing Trailfinders in the first pre-season match at home to Newport and scored a try in the win. 

“Danny showed good leadership skills last season, ” Ward said. “He knows when something needs to be said and when to lead by example.

“Whether in matches or training he will always give 100 percent and with that commands respect from his fellow players. I have a good relationship with him, like the way he thinks and look forward to working with him this year. He was the outstanding candidate to lead us on our return to the Championship.”

Ealing Trailfinders start the Championship season away to Rotherham on Sunday 6 September. 

They kick off at Vallis Way a week later against London Scottish on 12 September and then face the likes of Bristol, London Welsh and Jersey over the next eight months. 

There is also a trip over to Dublin in December to play Leinster A in the British and Irish Cup, which will allow Kenny to catch up with some familiar faces. 

“It will be nice to get back for a little away trip to Donnybrook, ” Kenny said. “My home club UCD (University College Dublin) it is pretty much their whole squad, so it will be pretty nice to get back and play against those boys for a change.

“My parents will be asking me for tickets, so will be a good family affair.”