Orr takes over from Hudson as Tigers captain

24th January 2011.'Castleford Tigers Team pics 2011.'Pictured: Danny Orr
24th January 2011.'Castleford Tigers Team pics 2011.'Pictured: Danny Orr

DANNY Orr has been appointed Castleford’s captain for the second time.

The 32-year-old scrum-half (pictured) skippered his hometown club in his first spell from 1997 to 2003 before he joined Wigan.

Orr, who also had a four-year stint with Harlequins before rejoining Castleford in the close season, takes over from hooker Ryan Hudson.

Tigers coach Terry Matterson said: “The main reason for the change was that I was looking captain who plays for 80 minutes in most games and Danny fits that bill.

“Danny has plenty of experience under his belt and the position he plays is ideal for the role.

“He leads from the front in everything he does and he’s a natural leader.

“Danny has all of the traits of being a good captain and has done it all before here at Castleford which is a bonus.”

Matterson added that Ryan Hudson would still be an important influence both on and off the pitch:

“With the emergence of Adam Milner in the hooking position, Raz (Ryan Hudson) won’t be out there [on the pitch] as much as he has had to be in previous seasons,” he said.

“It’s a really good opportunity to rotate our hookers and I think we’ll get a lot more out of them .

“This will also ease the burden off Raz, though he’ll still be a leader in the side amongst some of the other senior guys as well.”

“We’ve quite a few experienced guys in the team, and they’ll all have their role in helping with the leadership side of things.

“It’s not just down to one guy and that can only benefit us.”

Orr’s first official game since regaining the captaincy will be the derby clash with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats at Millennium Magic in Cardiff on Saturday, February 12.