Seymour to skipper Sale

  • Last Updated: August 8 2012, 9:58 BST

Sale flanker Dave Seymour will skipper the Sharks for their 2012/13 campaign.

Dave Seymour: Handed the Sale captaincy

Seymour replaces Sam Tuitupou in the role, with the former All Black dropping down to vice-captain.

And the 27-year-old, who is in his fourth season with the club, is delighted to be handed the responsibility.

"It's a massive honour especially when you look at the strength of players we have in the squad," he said."

It was a great honour and privilege to be asked to do the role and I am very excited about the prospect of captaining the side next season.

"It probably helps that I filled in as captain at the start of last season when Sammy was unavailable for the first few weeks. It was the first time I'd really captained a side and it was a great experience and I was very lucky to have great help from the likes of Mark Cueto, Nick Macleod and Dwayne Peel.

"It helps massively having guys of that calibre around me. To be selected for the role when there are such guys in the mix is a huge thing for me personally. The strength of experience and personality we have in the squad means that I think will have a lot of leaders out there and I'd be stupid not to take on board their views and experience.

"It's a big responsibility and big role but I will just try to get out there and play the way I always have. Last season was a good one for the club and I felt I went well but that's been and gone and all the focus now is about the next nine months ahead of us.

"We're a young team and one that is still learning but I have every confidence in the guys we have in the squad."