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New Wales skipper David Young
"There aren't many teams that I haven't captained"
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Friday, 21 January, 2000, 19:41 GMT
Young comes of age for Wales

Wales press conference David Young (right) is presented as Wales captain by coaches David Pickering and Graham Henry

David Young has spoken of his pride at being made the 113th captain of the Wales rugby team.

The Cardiff skipper replaced former incumbent Robert Howley in a shock announcement made by national coach Graham Henry.

Young, the veteran of the Welsh squad, said at a specially arranged press conference: "It is difficult to put into words how proud I feel, not just for myself but for my family."

The double British Lion said he was surprised when Henry decided to sack Howley, who led Wales to a record-breaking 10-game unbeaten run.

But he said he had the full backing of his Cardiff team mate.

"Rob was the first to ring and congratulate me," he added.

"I know that I will have 150% from Rob."

David Young Proud - new Wales captain David Young
Young is the fifth consecutive Wales captain to come from Cardiff.

The others being Howley, Gwyn Jones, Jonathan Humphries and Mike Hall.

Young is the only current British player still on the field who played in the 1987 World Cup.

He also has the distinction of being one of the few players left around to have scored a four-point try!

As a 19-year-old he was drafted into the injury-ravaged Welsh squad making his international debut in the quarter-final win against England and also played in the semi-final loss to the All Blacks.

After establishing himself in the Welsh squad he became a British Lion playing in all three Tests against Australia in 1989.

In 1990 he joined rugby league outfit Leeds for a then record fee for a forward of 165,000.

He later captained Salford and won 13 caps for Wales.

In 1996 he came back to union with Cardiff winning his 15th cap against Australia.

Young toured South Africa with the 1997 British Lions, but his appointment as Wales captain will be viewed with surprise in many quarters given his recent injury-prone history.

But Wales coach Graham Henry said:"He is doing the job in a senior club side, he is highly respected by the rest of the troops, he is balanced human being who gets on well with people and he is good with the media.

"But the major reason is that he is a very good rugby captain.

"At this stage it is for the Six Nations but it could go on for a couple of years who knows, we haven't thought that far forward."

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