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Josh Turnbull has again been named Cardiff Rugby captain ahead of the 2022-23 season.

The versatile striker was named club captain last season, having captained the Blue and Blacks many times before.

Turnbull has now made 171 first-team appearances for Cardiff, including 14 last season, and is closing in on the URC appearance record of 252.

He retains the captaincy again as Cardiff look to bounce back from a disappointing United Rugby Championship season last time out.

Turnbull said: “To be captain of this rugby club is a huge honour. There is a rich tradition of captains here and when I got the job last year we mentioned all the names that came before me.

“I’m delighted to have him back and lead this group of boys, but I’m under no illusions about the kind of work I have to do. Above all, I have to make sure that I am playing well and that I am in the team and playing.

“We have a very good, solid and competitive back-five from scrum and we have made some quality signings in that area as well, so first and foremost I have to find my own form.

“It was disappointing of me to see how last season ended – hit twice by the Scarlets, beaten well by the Ospreys, Sarries as well, then obviously coming out of Treviso and finishing that game was really hard to take.

“After everything we went through last year, (looking back) I think (subconsciously) we just wanted to get it over with as quickly as possible. But what really appealed to me was how the boys came back refreshed, everyone was really energized and wanting to get down to business and tackle the new task ahead of us.

“We have to give some respect back to this shirt and this team is ready to do that.”

Many other players have regularly managed Cardiff in the past, including Kristian Dacey, Ellis Jenkins, Josh Navidi and Lloyd Williams, while Thomas Young has managed Wasps on several occasions.

With these players and the usual leadership roles in key positions, Turnbull believes he has a lot of support in the role and will lead by example rather than being too vocal.

He continued: “I probably see myself more as a captain who leads by example and by my actions rather than having to say too much.

“There are plenty of leaders within the team who can do that. The pilots of the game in terms of your nines and your 10s, your defensive captains, your attacking captains. So I’m going to try to lead by what I do on the pitch and what I do around the environment. Melon was quite similar to that, he leads by example.

Cardiff kick off the URC season against Munster on Friday September 16 (7.35pm) and warm up with pre-season friendlies against Gloucester on September 2 and Zebre Parma on September 9.

As pre-season preparations heat up and the focus on rugby intensifies, Turnbull expects the stakes to continually rise, and he relishes the opener against the Irish side in this which he hopes will be a crowded Arms Park.

He added: “It’s very rewarding when you start to get closer to the games because all that hard work starts to pay off. We are entering week six of the pre-season and we are all looking forward to maintaining the momentum and starting to progress towards the Gloucester game in a few weeks when we have that first pre-season.

“Friday night under the lights at Arms Park doesn’t get much better than that. Everyone wants to be involved in that first game, everyone is going to work very hard now the next two weeks to get into it.

“We had a really good ding-dong battle with Munster for about 60 minutes last season there and we’ve got a bit of form on that ground against the Irish sides so hopefully we can take that early. against them.”

Tickets for the pre-season friendly against Zebre on Friday September 9 and the first FIVE home games of the URC season are now available. Click here to purchase season ticket match tickets.

Chester T. Johnson