DIRECTOR of Rugby Rowland Winter says the leadership qualities of Phil Boulton meant it was an easy choice to keep him as Coventry Rugby captain for the forthcoming season.
The 32-year-old prop has made 95 appearances since joining the club from Bedford Blues in 2016, and combines his playing duties with his role as under-18s head coach.
Winter believes the high standards he sets are crucial to raising the ambitions of the club, who finished eighth last season.
“Boults has shown his great leadership throughout the club, including being head coach of the under-18s and mentoring our younger players,” he said.
“He sets good standards and expectations among the playing group, and has the respect of everybody at the club.
“For me, this is what being a club captain is all about.”
Boulton, who has lifted the National League One title and solidified Coventry’s status as a Championship side during his four seasons at the club, believes a lot more can be achieved in the coming years.
“It has always been an honour and a privilege to be club captain at a club like Coventry,” he said.
“It is a club with a fantastic history, a place at the heart of the city, and some of the best supporters anywhere in the country.
“More importantly, I believe that there is a fantastic future ahead of us.
“Lots of exciting things are happening, both in the playing squad, and the club as a whole.”