The 2006 Amlin Challenge Cup winners return to the Heineken Cup this season and will face Toulouse, Harlequins and Connacht in Pool 6 of the competition.
"To be given the role is a huge honour. I've been at the club for many years now, and in that time I have played under a number of great leaders," he said.
"And in the history of the club there have been a huge number of illustrious captains. So to join those ranks is an absolute privilege.
"Very few men are handed the privilege of being club captain at a club like Gloucester, and I will give it everything I have to make sure I don't let anyone down."