Aviva Premiership Rugby Union side Gloucester Rugby have made the formal announcement that Jim Hamilton will be taking over as the new captain of the club for the new season of English professional rugby and ends months of speculation regarding who will be chosen to lead the side on to the field. The appointment of Hamilton as the new captain of the club follows the departure of Luke Narraway, who captained the club last season to Perpignan over the summer transfer window.
And speaking about the appointment of the 29 year old second row as the new captain of the club, Nigel Davies, the Director of Rugby of the club told the official website of the club that the commitment of Jim Hamilton to the cause and success of Gloucester Rugby is beyond any question and it was only fair that he was made the captain of the club ahead of the new season. Davies also added that Hamilton brings an intense passion as well as energy and that adds to the natural aura of leadership that he already has.
Hamilton joined the club back in 2010 when he made the move from Edinburgh Rugby and has 39 international caps for Scotland under his belt as well. However, Hamilton, who also played for the Leicester Tigers in the Aviva Premiership, was not able to travel with his national team on their tour Fiji, Australia and Samoa after being slapped with a ban for his part in the brawl with David Paice of the London Irish when the two clubs met back in May.
However, according to Davies, his dismal disciplinary record will not prove to be a hindrance for Gloucester Rugby as the responsibility of being the captain will make him more mature and calm under difficult situations on the field.