Gloucester have announced the appointment of England centre Billy Twelvetrees as their captain for the new season.

Twelvetrees, 24, joined Gloucester from their Aviva Premiership rivals Leicester two years ago.

"It is an honour to take the role of club captain of this great club," he said.

"I have had t he 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."

Gloucester rugby director David Humphreys added: " 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.

"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."