Scotland skipper Jason White has been named as Sale Sharks' club captain.
White said: " I was delighted to be asked by Philippe to become captain. Dean and Ignacio have done a great job leading the team so far and I am sure they will be asked to do the job again in the future.
"It's great to be back playing again, everyone in the squad has a determination to succeed and we have a belief we can win some silverware this season."
Sale director of rugby Philippe Saint-Andre said added: " It's great to see Jason 100% fit again, he is a natural leader and is always focussed on winning."
Wales flanker Sam Warburton admits he will be proud to lead his country out for a record 34th time this weekend and hopes to cap the day off with a memorable RBS 6 Nations victory against in-form Ireland.