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Tom Savage appointed Gloucester captain for new Aviva Premiership season

Last Updated: 23/08/13 2:16pm

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Tom Savage: New captain of Gloucester

Tom Savage: New captain of Gloucester

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Young flanker Tom Savage has been appointed as Gloucester's captain for the new season following the departure of Jim Hamilton.

Savage, 24, joined the club in 2010 following a trial and became a first-team regular last season, and skippered the side in the last two matches of the season.

Gloucester boss Nigel Davies said: "I'm pleased to confirm that Tom Savage will be our captain for this season. I was fortunate to be able to consider several individuals who possess genuine leadership qualities, but had no hesitation in offering the role to Tom.

"Since my arrival at the club, I've been so impressed with the work rate he puts in on and off the field, and the respect his team-mates have for him. His work ethic and commitment are second to none.

"The story of how he came to join Gloucester (Savage was working at Hartpury in the summer of 2011 and asked for a trial), speaks volumes of the man and his character.

"One of the first things I ask myself when I appoint a captain, is whether I would follow him. And I'd have no hesitation in following Tom.

"He may be a relatively young man, but he's incredibly mature and sets an example that the other players find easy to follow. His approach to the game sets the tone for everyone.

"He never plays at less than 100%, and it's vital our captain displays and represents the qualities and values of our whole team. He's going to be a fine leader for the team."

Savage said: "It's a huge honour and I was absolutely delighted when Nigel asked me. Gloucester Rugby is a special club, one with a long, proud history and it's a privilege to be asked to captain the side," he said.

"When I first started training with the team just over three years ago, I never imagined that I would one day be captain. However, I am now determined to take on the role with genuine pride and commitment.

"I'm fortunate that the squad contains so many quality players and, crucially, so many experienced individuals. Their input will be incredibly important to me.

"I had a taste of captaining the team last season and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We've had a great pre-season and I'm now really looking forward to the season that lies ahead."

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