Sean-Michael Stephen is still Plymouth Albion captain in players' eyes, says Ruairi Cushion
SCRUM-half Ruairi Cushion says Sean-Michael Stephen is still Plymouth Albion captain in his eyes.
Cushion (pictured left) has taken on the role as matchday skipper for Albion's last two matches against Rotherham and Leeds.
However, the Irishman insists that rather than replacing Canadian Stephen, he is just helping him out.
"I just see myself as matchday captain," said Cushion.
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"Sean is such a leader among the guys. They all look up to him and respect him so much. He puts in performances week-in, week-out.
"He is the most consistent player I have ever played with and he is still our club captain.
"He is the one we all look up to.
"I am just there to help him out and take some pressure off him in a tough mid-season period and help with decision-making on the pitch."
Cushion added: "I can stay a little bit calmer in the position I am in and it just helps him a bit more. I am more of an assistant to him than anything else.
"I just help out on matchdays as he gets so embroiled in the game."
It is not the first time in recent years Albion have switched captains midway through a campaign since Danny Thomas left the club.
Stephen replaced Kieran Hallett halfway through a season, while Tom Hayes took over from Jannie Bornman at the midway point.
Cushion said: "I think this season Sean just needed a bit of help.
"I don't think we go through too many captains. Sean has been the captain for the last two years, but I have helped out a couple of times when he was injured."
Aaron Carpenter was named as Albion's vice-captain at the start of the year, but Cushion got the nod ahead of him to take on the role following the decision to allow Stephen to concentration on his own game.
Cushion added: "Sean is such a key player for us we want him to play as abrasively as he can.
"It is about freeing him up and making use of what we have in the changing room, which is me helping out with decisions."