Savage: Kvesic could be crucial
Gloucester captain Tom Savage believes new back-row signing Matt Kvesic will become a pivotal figure at Kingsholm this season.
Flanker Kvesic, who made a Test match breakthrough with England in Argentina this summer, moves from his familiar openside position to blindside when Gloucester tackle Aviva Premiership rivals Saracens at Allianz Park on Sunday.
And Savage saw enough from the 21-year-old former Worcester player, even in defeat against Sale Sharks last weekend, to know that Gloucester have landed a significant recruit.
"Matt was a real positive against Sale," Savage said.
"He has fitted in really well from Worcester and has stepped up already, bringing a lot of power and quality beyond his years.
"Looking at him you have to double-take when he says how young he is. He has got a lot of Premiership experience already under his belt, and he added to that with England over the summer.
"Moving forward, he's definitely the kind of player we can build parts of our team around. It's also really helped out with the competition from the back-row. You definitely get the best out of everyone."
Apart from switching roles for Kvesic, Gloucester rugby director Nigel Davies has replaced England number eight Ben Morgan with Sione Kalamafoni and handed Akapusi Qera the number seven shirt, while Wales international scrum-half Tavis Knoyle makes his first Premiership start.