Thomas – Captaining Warriors is a massive honour

Jonathan Thomas admits it is a massive honour to captain Warriors after it was announced that he would lead the side into the new Aviva Premiership season.

Director of Rugby Dean Ryan handed Thomas the armband after the Welshman enjoyed a fine pre-season campaign at Sixways.

And, according to Thomas, he is looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead. He said: “It’s a massive honour to be given the opportunity to lead the club.

“It’s not something I really thought about but I was never going to turn down such an honour. When Dean asked me I was over the moon.”

Thomas, who has won 67 caps for Wales, joined Warriors this summer after spending a decade with Ospreys. And he believes his experience will help him with his new role.

He continued: “I’ve experienced quite a bit over the years in regional and international rugby and been through a lot.

“One of the things I was aware of before I joined the club and one of the things Dean spoke about when I first met him was that it’s a clean slate for everyone.

“Dean has come in and he wanted to create a really good environment. When you’re trying to create something special like we are at Warriors it’s about everyone playing their part and trying to create a positive environment for the team. And I will look to pass on my experience within that.

“Something I’ve always expected from captains I’ve played under is for him to lead by example on the field. I think that’s the most important thing.

“So as long as I play to the best of my ability on the field and lead by example then I’m sure that’s half the battle.”