He told the club's official website: "It's really nice to be given the role and it's something I took straight away because I really enjoyed it when I was captain before.
"It's a great honour for me and a role I just can't wait to start and I feel I'm ready for the role. I've had some really good feedback from the lads and they have given me a lot of support, which is good.
"It's a good thing for me and I can't wait for Saturday. It's a massive game for us after the disappointment of the last game against Northampton and it's important that we start well.
"We did well at their place and that will give us confidence. It's important that we start well and if we can do that, we know what we're capable of."