Trystan is our 2022/2023 club captain who is a forward playing as a flanker in the back row.
He has been with the club since 2017, moving to Leeds on a scholarship and taking part in the 2017/18 B&I Cup before becoming a regular in the side from the 2018/19 season.
On the getting the armband, Trystan said: “It’s massive for me. I got the privilege towards the end of last season when I led the boys for last of seven games.
“I felt I made my stamp on the team in that period. I was very grateful for Jon giving me opportunity then and also for him to bestow it on me again this year. I’m really looking forward to taking the responsibility for the full season.”
We asked Trystan two questions:
- Leadership style: “I tend to lead from the front. I’m a man of few words. But when I do speak, I like to I think I’m being listened to and providing the sort of guidance and input that the boys can relate to and implement on the field.
“I like to be concise and say ‘this is what we’re going, carry that out. If you do that to the best of your ability then we’re in for a good day’.”
- Role model: “As a back-rower, Dad always said to watch the southern hemisphere boys. So, I always watched Richie McCaw because wherever he is, the ball is going to be.”
Jon Callard, Director of Rugby said: “Trystan is a fantastic bloke on and off the field. His work rate is exceptional but he also understands the game.
“As Club Captain, he galvanises bringing people together. And he did that very well at the end of last season. I thought he was terrific and he supplemented the group with his knowledge and understanding of the game. He’s more experienced than others and that’s a good starting place as people tend to look to you.
“As captain, it’s not guaranteed that he’s going to play. Hopefully he’ll replicate some of the form that he had the end of last season as well.”
Trystan’s is proud to be sponsored by Lloyds Fish & Chips, which is his father’s business.
His favourite rugby player/hero is Richie McCaw.