Percival gets Schofield backing

By Geoff Berkeley Friday 11 January 2013 Updated: 11/01 11:10

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STAND-IN skipper James Percival insists there are no hard feelings between him and Dean Schofield as the second row continues to hold onto the captaincy at Worcester Warriors.

Percival was handed the role against Leicester Tigers despite the return of club skipper Schofield to Warriors' starting line-up.

But the 29-year-old said his fellow lock had been nothing but supportive since head coach Richard Hill first trusted him with the captaincy against Saracens in November while Schofield and vice-skipper Matt Mullan were sidelined.

"Schofield is always there backing me up, on and off the pitch," Percival said.

"Dean is a true team man and there are no hard feelings there between him and me.

"We both have input on the pitch. He has got the experience and it seems to work well."

Former Worcester Sixth Form College pupil and Warriors academy graduate Percival admitted he could not believe it when Hill asked him to lead the team out against Sarries.

And despite being named skipper in six of the last seven games, Percival said he was trying not to get too attached to it.

"I am loving being captain," he added.

"It is an absolute honour to be skipper of my home club. I wake up everyday and it is hard to believe it as it is something I never expected.

"I came back to the club to play and give everything, but I never thought I would get this opportunity as I just concentrated on working hard on the pitch and giving 100 per cent. I really appreciate Hilly and the coaches trust in me.

"But I don't expect it every week. If Hilly comes up to me and offers it me that week then I would never refuse it.

"My wife said 'it is just yours to borrow, so don't get too attached to it' and that is how I see it."

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