Hannay feels pride has returned to Devon rugby

16 May 2018 11:53 | Sara Raine

DEVON captain Nathan Hannay believes last weekend’s win over Cornwall has restored some pride back in the green and white shirt.

Hannay scored Devon’s crucial second try in the match at Camborne, which the visitors won 20-19. It was their first County Championship win over Cornwall since 2010.

“It has been far too long coming,” said Hannay. “I think Cornwall have held on to the bragging rights too long.

“Devon needed to restore some pride and I think we did ourselves justice on Saturday. We restored some pride back in that shirt.”

Former Leeds and Jersey forward Hannay was delighted to be asked to captain Devon after Adam Thomas was ruled out through injury.

“It is a massive honour,” said the Honiton player-coach.

However, last weekend Hannay was left with a major dilemma – captain his county in their big game against Cornwall or play for his club in the Devon Intermediate Shield final against Withycombe.

“It was a massive choice for me,” said Hannay. “But I did have faith in the boys that they could get a result for Honiton.”

Unfortunately, it did not work out for Honiton, but Devon were certainly grateful Hannay’s club allowed him to lead the county to a famous victory.

Hannay and the Devon team will now head to Kent on Saturday hoping to secure another win that could keep the county in the top division of the County Championship.