28 May 2009

Hayman to captain Newcastle

8:45 am on 28 May 2009

The former All Blacks prop Carl Hayman has been named as club captain for his English rugby club Newcastle Falcons for next season.

The 29-year-old says he is proud to have been handed the opportunity and has high hopes for next season's Premiership campaign.

Hayman, rated by many as the world's best tight-head, takes over from departed number eight Phil Dowson, who joined Northampton Saints at the end of the season.

Blues first five Jimmy Gopperth will join the club next season.