VIDEO: It's huge honour to captain Gloucester – Savage
HONOURED Tom Savage will fight to secure a long-term stint as Gloucester's club captain.
The humbled 24-year-old admitted he will always be privileged to lead the Cherry and Whites.
Rugby director Nigel Davies has selected the former Hartpury RFC skipper as his new Kingsholm captain.
Savage admitted he would love to hold the role for the foreseeable future, but he also conceded that he will have to form part of a successful Gloucester squad to make that happen.
He said: "I'm absolutely delighted to be made captain, can't wait for the season now and just want to get going.
"I went to Twickenham to watch the World Club Sevens at the weekend with a few of the boys, Nigel was there too, he asked to meet and have a sit-down chat, and it was then that he asked me to take on the responsibility.
"It wasn't a tough decision, it's a massive opportunity for me and a huge honour to captain a side like Gloucester, I'm really privileged to be able to do so.
"Fingers crossed it goes well and I can continue in the role for a good while.
"Hopefully we'll go really well this season, put ourselves in the position to win some silverware and we can take things from there.
"By the end of last season when I got the call to captain the side in Jim Hamilton's absence it was a massive honour to do that then, and it will always continue to be so throughout the year."
Aware of Gloucester's experienced spine, Savage said he will definitely tap into wise heads.
He continued: "There's a small bit of shouting, screaming and getting the boys motivated for games, but looking at the squad we've got nowadays we've got a huge amount of experience, and everyone knows what sort of commitments they've got to make out on the pitch.
"They know going into games where they've got to be and when.
"You do need to get a feel for the guys, and when they will need motivation and when they won't, and to keep them up to speed with everything that's happening.
"But there's a lot of experience there and everyone's in a good place.
"You look at Mike Tindall, Jimmy Cowan, then Billy Twelvetrees who went away with the Lions this year, and other senior guys, I can draw a lot of help from them, and they will help me lead the team this year."