17th Jan, 2019

Donncha handed captain's armband for 2017/18 campaign

Aaron Wise 23rd Aug, 2017 Updated: 23rd Aug, 2017

IRELAND veteran Donncha O’Callaghan will skipper Warriors throughout the 2017/18 Aviva Premiership campaign.

The lock, who skippered the Sixways outfit towards the end of last season – helping them to secure their Premiership status – has been handed the captain’s armband ahead of his third season at Worcester.

He will be assisted by vice-captains GJ van Velze and Ryan Mills.

“I’ve loved every minute of my time at Sixways and it’s a huge honour to lead this side into the new season,” said O’Callaghan.

“The Premiership is tougher than ever so I’m focused on ensuring the lads put in the performances the supporters deserve, so we can all pull together and have a successful campaign,” he added.

Director of rugby Gary Gold added: “Donncha has accumulated two decades of experience at the top level of the game and has played in some of the biggest matches on the world stage.

“There is no doubt other players in the squad look up to him and I’m sure he’ll do a superb job as our captain.

“GJ and Ryan will also play important roles to ensure the side can move in the right direction over the coming season.”

O’Callaghan, who has 94 caps for Ireland and has made four appearances for the British and Irish Lions, joined Warriors from Munster in the summer of 2015, before going on to make 43 appearances for the club.

During his illustrious career, the Cork-born player won the Six Nations Grand Slam with Ireland in 2009, whilst also picking up two Heineken Cup titles and two Magners League titles with Munster.

He also captained the Lions in South Africa in 2009 and featured in three consecutive World Cups – the last of which came in 2011, where he started all of Ireland’s matches.

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