Martyn Thomas hopes Sevens kickstarts Premiership ambitions
Gloucester full-back Martyn Thomas hopes his captaincy of the club's successful Sevens team will lead to more chances in the Premiership.
The former Wales Sevens international will lead Gloucester at the World Club 7s at Twickenham this weekend.
The Cherry and Whites qualified for the competition after winning the JP Morgan Premiership Rugby 7s Series.
"I want to take some form out of the 7s and get some game-time with the 15s," the 26-year-old said.
Thomas, who moved to Kingsholm a year ago from Newport Gwent Dragons, was restricted to 10 starts last season as another new arrival, Rob Cook, established himself as Gloucester's first-choice number 15.
Thomas told BBC Radio Gloucestershire: "I want to try and put my best foot forward for the start of the Premiership.
"I didn't hit the form I wanted to hit last season. I just want a bit of game-time - that's how you build confidence. I feel I can add a bit more to this Gloucester team."
The inaugural World Club 7s will feature 12 clubs from across the globe, including Western Province, Blue Bulls, ACT Brumbies and Buenos Aires, as well as teams from the United States and Russia.
Thomas, who received a one-year contract extension in July, added: "The Gloucester guys are buzzing for the World Club 7s.
"Winning the JP Morgan 7s was excellent, but this is a different challenge now and we are going down to win another piece of silverware for the club."