Name: Cameron Howson
Position: Club Captain
Haringey Rhinos RFC (2004-present)
Westlake Boys High School, New Zealand (1999-2003)
Takapuna RFC, New Zealand (1991-1998)
Most likely to say: “Oww oww owwwwwwww”
Cammie joined the Rhinos as a baby-faced 18 year old, fresh off the boat from New Zealand. Having played majority of his youth rugby as prop, teenager Cammie moved through the pack with the Rhinos, finding his natural home in the back-row, where he has shone in recent seasons.
A dynamic and abrasive player known for his big hits and bullocking runs, Cammie embodies what it means to be a Rhino. He’s as proud of his twice-daily CrossFit sessions as he is leading tours or bar tending naked. Where Cammie goes, people follow.
Name: Andy Swainson
Position: 1st XV captain
Most likely to say: “commitment”
Andy joined the Rhinos at the end of the 2010-11 season, and went on to captain the 1st XV in his first full season with the club in 2011-12, when he won 1st XV player of the year. A gifted player and natural leader, he has retained the 1st XV captaincy for the 2012-13 season.
A scrum half since the age of eight, Andy has played the majority of his rugby in Devon, where he represented his county at all schoolboy levels. He spent two seasons with Plymouth Albion before going to university, where he was vice-captain of the 1st XV.
As a school teacher, Andy fills the long hours outside of work by leading his team from the front.
Name: Matt Pert
Position: 2nd Team Captain
Haringey Rhinos RFC (2003-present)
South Bank University (2001-2003)
Bury St Edmunds minis, youth and colts
Most likely to say: ”Put some mustard on that”
Matt started playing rugby at the tender age of 6 in rural Suffolk. A budding scrum half, he moved to his chosen position of fly half aged 12, and never looked back. He’s enjoyed nine successful years playing 2nd and 3rd XV rugby with the Rhinos, and is now embarking on his 4th season captaining the 2nd XV, where nobody has done more to keep the team moving forward.
Matt is very much a people’s person, who loves sharing time and banter with the lads on and off the pitch, and is looking forward to another enjoyable and successful season.