Thursday October 16th
James Percival will lead an entire division when the Championship XV take on Canada next month and as far as he is concerned, it is an international match.
The Worcester Warriors lock admits he was surprised to be selected for the invitational fixture – and honoured to be named as captain this week by the coaching team of Martin Haag and Kevin Maggs.
And he will not take the honour lightly, leading the assembled squad at Sixways as Canada – who will face the likes of France and Ireland in next year's World Cup – come to town.
Percival is just one of two Warriors in the squad, alongside prop Ryan Bower, and he is hoping those unfamiliar with his leadership technique have no trouble getting in line.
"It is a great prospect,” he said. "I heard a few boys mention it but I never expected the call-up. It is exciting and I'm looking forward to playing with a few lads I don't know but I know of – and learning from them.
"It is a massive thing to play against Canada. We have got to take that and respect the opposition and take it, in a way, as an international match.
"I was honoured to be made captain. When I was captain at Worcester I loved it and I am really looking forward to it.
"You probably think about what you are going to say more because you don't want them to think 'what's he on about?' But I pretty much wear my heart on my sleeve.
"It is going to be on Sky TV, people are going to be watching it and every game is a shop window – everybody has a point to prove.
"One game can make a big difference in a career. It is a massive opportunity and of course we want to beat them.”
But once the fixture is done and dusted, Percival is eager to return to Greene King IPA Championship action and the task of taking Worcester back to the top flight at the first time of asking.
"We have got teams that are going to come at us every week and want to prove a point against us,” he added. "We can't really take our foot off the gas at any point.
"It is a different challenge but I think it is one that makes teams stronger – just look at the likes of Northampton and Harlequins.
"You never know in this league. Some teams in mid-table don't have much to lose mid-season and come back – they then turn the big teams over, who have got everything to lose.
"We want to be at the top at the end of the season but you can be top of the table come the play-offs and what happened to Bristol could happen to anyone.”
Sixways Stadium Worcester
Sunday November 2nd
Kick Off 15:15
Support your club players in the Championship XV v Canada on November 2nd at Sixways Stadium.
Tickets available online at www.warriors.co.uk
The fixture will be broadcast live on Sky Sports HD.