Law Honoured to be Titans skipper
Titans fly half and last seasons leading points scorer Garry Law, says he feels honoured to be chosen by head coach Andre Bester, as the club captain for the upcoming 2012-13 Championship season.
Law, in his second year at Clifton Lane has been promoted from Vice Captain and appreciates the trust he has been bestowed with, as he explained, “I am very pleased to have been awarded the honour of captaining the Titans; I’ve not captained a side since I was a schoolboy. It’s a good honour to have and there’s an importance that goes with it, additionally it also shows the trust that Andre has in me.”
To be selected as a leader of men strongly suggests Garry has the total respect of the entire squad. Reluctantly, the modest native of Hawick commented, “It’s not really for me to say, but you would hope that your peers have a certain respect for you when you are asked to captain the group.”
Law went on to explain further about his role and in which positions he feels he can help the team to achieve its goals, “It didn’t come as a total shock as I was Vice Captain last season and playing at stand-off kind of means you are in a leadership role anyway and a lot of stuff last year was going through me and Sam (Dickinson) anyway.
“Like I said before, you are looking to gain the respect of your peers and whether that is being captain or not, you have to perform on the pitch and that’s how you get the respect first and foremost. I like to think that is how I go about my business.
“You are never guaranteed a position in the team even if you are the captain or the best player in the squad. It is all about form and performing for the team and if you loose that then you would expect not to be selected. I’m realistic to know that this happens and that no one is guaranteed their slot in the team and nor should they be.
“Andre has spoken to me about the possibility of moving to centre; I’ve played most of my professional rugby in the centres. I think for me personally, what suits my game best is being close to the action, being in contact, making tackles and being in contact with the ball. I think I can help the team better by being close to the game, whether that’s playing 10, 12 or 13.”
Titans head coach Andre Bester believes Law is the logical choice of skipper as he revealed, “Garry is a natural leader and he leads by his professionalism. I think he made an error before when he went to Italy because it put his international career on the back burner. He was one of the best backs in the Championship last season, he was outstanding.
“A top analyst within the game has said to me that in his view, Garry is the best Scottish ten around at the moment! There’s no doubt for me just what Garry is capable of achieving; he can kick, he can pass, he can break the gain line and in defence he defends like a centre and a back row forward. There’s very few ten’s out there that can do all those four skills and furthermore Garry is an outstanding communicator as well. He never gets rushed out on the pitch and he’s extremely respected by everybody at the club.
“With James (McKinney) coming in it will be great for the two of them to work together and it will be great for competition amongst the squad. Garry needs to be playing close to your first and multiple phases and although his first position is a number ten, he can also do an excellent job for us in the centres.”