Collins the captain of Counties

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FORMER Rugby Lion Gareth Collins has just returned from Spain as captain of his third England Counties tour.

The Counties team is the representative flagship of the county Championship and of the game outside the premiership.

Leicester Lion Gareth said: “I am an absolute devotee of the Counties concept.

“It has been the pinnacle of my career and every time I’ve been selected it’s been a real thrill.

“It is the ultimate for me. County rugby and England Counties are what give me my focus year in and year out.”

The first game was against a Madrid XV and the Counties won 53-24 and Gareth scored a try.

The second game was a convincing 104- 10 win against a Castilla Leon Union XV.

The final game was against a Spain XV ranked 23rd in the world.

The Counties completed their tour with another convincing 55-6 victory.

Gareth, a former pupil of Lawrence Sheriff School, again showed his counter attacking skills to score one of the tries.

Michael Old the Counties manager said: “The squad was a credit to English rugby and England Counties throughout the trip, thanks in no small part to the great job Gareth Collins did as our tour captain.”

Gareth has had another highly successful season finishing top of the try scoring charts for League 2 North and being named, with Liam Munro captain of Rugby Lions in the Rugby Paper League 2 North ‘dream team’.