With liaison with the referee a key component of his role, does it help if you're both a flanker and the skipper ?
David continued , "It's a big part of the game, being at the breakdown and knowing how the ref. wants to play, to be clean and get the ball away
"Everyone approaches captaincy in a different way. Here, we've a number of senior players who are extremely experienced: we pool everyone's knowledge.
"There's time for smooth diplomacy, as well as being 'more vocal'. And fly halves know more about the backs than I do...
"It's been a good thing that there are just a few changes at the club, following the past two summers. A handful, which is what you want every year. It was a big achievement to get into the Heineken Cup and the challenges ahead are going to be tough. We're looking forward to them.
"Ahead of me in the scrum, we've Eifion, Richie (Gray) and Fraser - back from injury - who add considerably to our power. They add a massive presence to the big lads already there.
"With the new laws at the scrum engagement and the breakdown, games should be faster. We want the game to flow."
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