200th Guinness Premiership appearance for Regan

Bristol Rugby hooker Mark Regan is set to make his 200th Guinness Premiership appearance when he starts against Leicester Tigers at the Memorial Stadium on Friday evening (kick off 7:45pm) and spoke to the club website about the landmark.


Ronnie follows in the footsteps of Simon Shaw (212), Kris Chesney (206) and Hugh Vyvyan (200) and the former England and British Lions hooker acknowledged that he was delighted to get to the 200 mark and that he could have had even more.


“I’m very happy and very honoured to be making my 200th appearance. It’s been a very long time. The Premiership started in 1997 and I started playing in 1991 so I could have added an extra 70 appearances to that total!”


“I’ve worked out that I’ve averaged about 16 or 17 Premiership appearances every year which isn’t bad bearing in mind injuries and international call ups etc.”


“If someone had told me when I first pulled on a Bristol Rugby first team jersey that I’d still be running out this many years later, I’d have told them that they were having a laugh!”


“But rugby’s been my life and I’ve battled on and it’s great to get to that 200 mark.”


“It’s fantastic that I’m able to do it in front of the Bristol crowd, I guess it was written in the stars to happen that way.”


He acknowledged that he owes a debt to many people who have helped him out along the way.


“There’s obviously a lot of people I have to thank for helping me get so far in the game. When I was first starting out, my parents backed me all the way and have followed me all around the world to watch me play.”


“And, of course, there was the late Elwyn Price who saw me come through and really pushed me. He saw some potential and made sure that I worked hard to realise it.”


“I’ve had some great coaches along the way as well. I think back to Brian Hanlon at Bristol who was coaching here when I took over from Dave Palmer and there have been the people at Bath and at Leeds as well.”


“And, of course, Richard Hill who brought me back here to Bristol. I thanked him dearly when I left and now it’s Paul Hull – I’ve seen them all come and go!”


Despite the occasion, Regan knows that he won’t an easy ride tomorrow evening from the Leicester front row.


“No-one takes it easy on me and it gets worse as I get older! But I’ll give as good as I get.”

 

Rugbyweek.com

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