Ryan Chappell is honoured to be named captain of his home-town club.
This week he replaced Harry Sharman as Spalding reluctantly accepted his resignation as skipper.
Chappell said: “It’s a real honour to be asked to step up after being vice-captain.
“I’m looking forward to being more involved and helping out with coaching of our younger players.
“I wasn’t expecting it, to be honest, because I thought Harry would come back into the team as our captain after Christmas.
“We know he leads by example on the field and we will look up to him as a senior figure.”
Chappell has been at the club for around six years since returning from university. He started playing rugby at Spalding Grammar School.
He added: “We have been struggling since the start of this season without being able to name the same side every week due to injuries and unavailability.
“This is a tough league and a big step up. We have started from scratch with a new side but all we can ask is to give 100 per cent.”
Ben Williams is back from injury for Spalding’s home game against second-placed Syston on Saturday. He has also taken on a new role as assistant coach.
Chappell said: “It’s a tough game but we’ve got nothing to lose as the underdogs.”
Midlands One East: Kettering v Ilkeston, Mansfield v Huntingdon & District, Market Rasen & Louth v Derby, Newark v Bugbrooke, Old Northamptonians v Belgrave, Paviors v Bedford Athletic, Spalding v Syston.
Midlands Four East (South): Old Newtonians v Corby, Sileby Town v Bourne, St Neots v Brackley, Stamford College Old Boys v Bedford Swifts.