Aviva Premiership: Billy Twelvetrees named Gloucester captain
Aviva Premiership: England centre Billy Twelvetrees is named Gloucester Warriors captain
Billy Twelvetrees aims to lead by example after he was confirmed as Gloucester Rugby’s club captain for the coming season.
The 25-year-old succeeds Tom Savage in a new era at Kingsholm that sees former Ulster director of rugby David Humphreys and former Brumbies head coach Laurie Fisher join forces to turn around the Cherry and Whites’ fortunes after a disappointing ninth-place in last season’s Aviva Premiership.
We’re all delighted that he has accepted the captaincy and his leadership and international experience will be crucial
“It is an honour to take the role of club captain of this great club,” Twelvetrees told Gloucester’s website.
“I worked hard last season alongside Tom to provide leadership to the squad.
“Last season, Tom led by example when he was in the team, and it is this example that I want to follow going forward into the new campaign.
“I’ve had the honour to have represented two of England’s greatest clubs in Leicester Tigers and the Cherry and Whites, and to now have the privilege to captain Gloucester is something I dreamt of and I am thankful to the coaches for entrusting me with the role.”
Since making the move from the East Midlands to the West Country in 2012, Twelvetrees has become a regular starter in Stuart Lancaster’s England teams and was part of Warren Gatland’s British & Irish Lions squad that triumphed over Australia in 2013.
“In the short time that I have known and worked with Billy, he has lead by example in everything he does, both on and off the pitch,” said Gloucester director of rugby, Humphreys.
“We’re all delighted that he has accepted the captaincy and his leadership and international experience will be crucial as the players and management prepare for the start of the new season.”