Having earned a contract ahead of the 2011-12 season, Savage has quickly established himself as a first team regular, whether playing in the second row or on the blindside flank.
Last season saw him start 20 of Gloucester's 22 Aviva Premiership fixtures, feature as a replacement in the other two, and he captained the side in the final two matches.
Revealing the news at Gloucester's preseason media day, Director of Rugby Nigel Davies acknowledged the qualities that Savage possesses which make him ideal for the role.
"I'm pleased to confirm that Tom Savage will be our captain for this season. I was fortunate to be able to consider several individuals who possess genuine leadership qualities, but had no hesitation in offering the role to Tom.
"Since my arrival at the club, I've been so impressed with the work rate he puts in on and off the field, and the respect his team mates have for him. His work ethic and commitment are second to none.
"The story of how he came to join Gloucester (Savage was working at Hartpury in the summer of 2011 and asked for a trial), speaks volumes of the man and his character.
"One of the first things I ask myself when I appoint a captain, is whether I would follow him. And I'd have no hesitation in following Tom.
"He may be a relatively young man, but he's incredibly mature and sets an example that the other players find easy to follow. His approach to the game sets the tone for everyone.
"He never plays at less than 100%, and it's vital our captain displays and represents the qualities and values of our whole team. He's going to be a fine leader for the team."
Savage himself admitted that he was 'delighted and honoured' to be offered the role.
"It's a huge honour and I was absolutely delighted when Nigel asked me. Gloucester Rugby is a special club, one with a long, proud history and it's a privilege to be asked to captain the side.
"When I first started training with the team just over three years ago, I never imagined that I would one day be captain. However, I am now determined to take on the role with genuine pride and commitment.
"I'm fortunate that the squad contains so many quality players and, crucially, so many experienced individuals. Their input will be incredibly important to me.
"I had a taste of captaining the team last season and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We've had a great preseason and I'm now really looking forward to the season that lies ahead."
Meanwhile, Davies confirmed that Billy Twelvetrees, will be Savage's vice-captain:
"We wanted a vice-captain who would complement Tom, and the obvious candidate is Billy Twelvetrees.
"Billy will help Tom not just in a tactical sense, but also help to drive standards within the squad, as well as being our captain when Tom is not in the side.
"We've already discussed at length identifying and working with a leadership group within the squad who will work with the players and the coaching team and run the team performance on the field."