“What I love about Olney is that we are like a family. Any new players are made welcome, and there are great friendships both on and off the pitch.”
Jim Osborn, 1st XV captain
Jim Osborn, 22, has been named as Olney 1st XV's captain for this season. Jim is a well-known face at Olney, having started playing rugby at the club at five years old and turning out for teams every year since.
A front-row player, usually hooker, Jim will be leading from the front and says "My aim for this season is for a top three finish in our league. Promotion is the ultimate goal."
Although his rugby inspiration is former New Zealand international Jonah Lomu, (he even had a quiff in his hair to match his idol when he was growing up), Jim says that closer to home, Tom Salsbury helped him out throughout his playing years both as a coach and friend. "He taught me all I need to know about scrummaging, to get me to where I am now," Jim said.
Jim's proudest moments in rugby were leading his youth team to victory in the Alliance Cup and more recently winning the Lewis Shield. A clubman through and through, receiving his club blazer meant a lot to Jim, who says:"What I love about Olney is that we are like a family. Any new players are made welcome, and there are great friendships both on and off the pitch."
Congratulations Jim and all the best to you for the season ahead!
Updated 11:40 - 14 Sep 2016 by Kath Middleditch