Players & Coaches Index : Senior Squad | Coaching Staff

  • John Afoa

    John Afoa

    DoB1983-10-16 BirthplaceAuckland Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight126 kg (19 st 11 lb) PositionProp

    Tight head prop who joined the club from Ulster after two and a half seasons with the province, and revered by many as one of the most highly-rated front rowers in Europe.

    The 36 time capped and World Cup winning All Black, John put pen to paper with the Cherry and Whites after making 58 appearances for the Ravenhill club as well as 101 appearances for the Blues in Super Rugby before that.

    John made his first appearance in Super Rugby for his city of birth, Auckland Blues in 2004 against the Brumbies and scored 3 tries during his time whilst bringing up a century of appearances.

    For the All Blacks, Afoa was part of the squad that won the Rugby World Cup on home territory, and he has lived up to his reputation so far with two fine seasons at Kingsholm.

    John Afoa
  • Mark Atkinson

    Mark Atkinson

    DoB1990-03-08 BirthplaceKnowsley Height1.96 m (6' 5") Weight106 kg (16 st 9 lb) PositionCentre

    Mark is a highly rated back who joined the club from Bedford Blues ahead of the 2014/15 season. He began as an outside half during his time at both London Wasps and Sale Sharks. But during his time with the Blues at Goldington Road, he developed into a hugely exciting centre.

    His versatility across the backline, aligned to his size and speed, mean he has been a very welcome addition into the Gloucester back division and another example of quality rugby players in the second tier of English club rugby.

    Mark made an impressive 23 appearances in his first season in Cherry and White, scoring four tries and followed that up with a good second season, particularly making his mark in the European campaign.

    Mark Atkinson
  • Callum Braley

    Callum Braley

    DoB1994-03-20 BirthplaceBristol Height1.78 m (5' 10") Weight82 kg (12 st 12 lb) PositionScrum Half

    Callum joined Gloucester Rugby in the summer of 2014 from Bristol Rugby.

    Played his early rugby with St Mary's Old Boys, but made his name locally when a student at Hartpury College.

    Has been an England age group international from U16 level upwards and skippered the successful defence of England U20s Junior World Championship in June 2014.

    A skilful scrum half, he will provide competition and strength in depth at half back.

    Callum made 14 first team appearances in his breakthrough season when his solo try against Saracens was voted as Try of the Season, and followed that up with 14 appearances in his second season.

    Callum Braley
  • Billy Burns

    Billy Burns

    DoB1994-06-13 BirthplaceBath Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight80 kg (12 st 8 lb) PositionFly Half

    Billy is the younger brother of former fly-half Freddie.

    Also a fly-half, Billy represented England U18s and England U20s and made his first team debut as a replacement in an LV= Cup fixture at London Irish in February 2012, before making his Aviva Premiership debut against Worcester Warriors in May 2014.

    Part of the 2013 winning JP Morgan Premiership Sevens squad and a 2014 Junior World Champion.

    The 2014/15 season was a really impressive one for Billy, seeing him make 20 appearances for the first team, scoring twice in the process, adding 38 points from the tee.

    He continued to look good last season, whether at fly-half or occasionally full-back, but his season was ended in March by a knee injury.

    Billy Burns
  • Darren Dawidiuk

    Darren Dawidiuk

    DoB1987-09-21 BirthplaceTruro Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight95 kg (14 st 13 lb) PositionHooker

    Darren joined the Cornish Pirates as an 'Academy' player in 2006 having played his youth rugby at Truro, joining the city club at the age of 12, and making progress through the juniors and colts set up.

    He became a member of the South West of England Rugby Academy (SWERA) based at Truro, and he also gained selection to the England Colleges team in 2005 and 2006.

    After making 27 appearances in total for the Cornish Pirates in 2008-9 he joined Gloucester in the summer of 2009.

    He made 11 appearances in total in 2010-11 including scoring a try in the LV= Cup Final win.

    Dukey made his 100th appearance in Cherry and White when he appeared against Saracens at Kingsholm in January 2015 and signed a new contract to remain at Kingsholm in April 2016.

    Darren Dawidiuk
  • Tom Denton

    Tom Denton

    DoB1988-02-13 BirthplaceYork Height1.98 m (6' 6") Weight113 kg (17 st 11 lb) PositionLock

    28-year-old Denton moved to the Cherry and Whites from Leinster after four seasons in Dublin at the RDS, after joining from Leeds Carnegie as they were then known.
    The imposing 6'6" lock joined up with his new team mates ahead of the new campaign and will provide great experience from his time at one of Europe's finest clubs.
    Denton made his professional debut for Yorkshire in the 2008 season as a 20-year-old, representing the Yorkshire side in the Premiership and the Championship, going on to make 60 appearances during his time at Headingley.
    Tom Denton
  • Paul Doran Jones

    Paul Doran Jones

    DoB1985-05-02 BirthplaceEnfield Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight118 kg (18 st 8 lb) PositionProp

    Front rower who needs little introduction to Cherry and White fans, who arrived for his second spell at the club in the summer of 2015 after making 48 appearances in his two season spell from 2009.

    Paul has spent time with Northampton Saints and Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership, and has won 6 caps for England as well as representing England Saxons.

    Capable of operating on both sides of the scrum, Paul was keen to make an impact on his return to Kingsholm and made 19 appearances in the 2015-16 season.

    Paul Doran Jones
  • Gareth Evans

    Gareth Evans

    DoB1991-09-19 BirthplaceSwindon Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight110 kg (17 st 4 lb) PositionBack Row

    Gareth, a product of the Gloucester Rugby Academy, moved up to the first team squad for 2012-13 and since then has gone from strength to strength in a Cherry and White shirt.

    With the Cherry and Whites winning the JP Morgan Premiership Sevens in the build-up to the 2013-14 season, Gareth was a key part of that squad using his pace, power and agility to be a real find in the shorterned format of the game.

    When given the chance to impress in the first team, Gareth grabbed it with both hands and put in a plethora of strong showings in the Heineken Cup against Munster and Perpignan, including a stunning run to assist a try in the win in France, and also back on the domestic front.

    The 2014/15 season saw Gareth continue to impress, making 21 appearances and proving the strength in depth within the squad. 2015-16 saw Gareth miss a large portion of the season with injury, but he returned in the latter part of the season and will be looking to stake his claim again.

    Gareth Evans
  • Mariano Galarza

    Mariano Galarza

    DoB1986-11-12 BirthplaceVeinticinco de Mayo Height2.03 m (6' 8") Weight112 kg (17 st 8 lb) PositionLock

    Mariano joined the Cherry and Whites ahead of the 2014-15 season following an impressive debut season for Worcester Warriors despite their relegation from the Aviva Premiership.

    The Argentinian second row joined the Warriors from Leinster after making 4 appearances for the Irish club.

    Previously, Mariano represented Pampas XV in his native Argentina, a club that prides itself as the stepping-stone to help talented Argentine players towards a professional career in Europe, a club that incidentally Gloucester picked up front rower Matias Cortese from.

    Mariano has made 25 appearances for the Pumas and appeared against England in the 2013 summer tour. At 6ft 8in tall, Mariano provides a quality line out option and vital strength in depth in the Gloucester engine room. 

    A shoulder injury sidelined Mariano for much of the 2014/15 season, but his return was vital in helping the Cherry and Whites lift the European Rugby Challenge Cup. He went on to make 19 appearances in his second season at Kingsholm and signed a new contract.

    Mariano Galarza
  • David Tevita Halaifonua Tonga

    David Tevita Halaifonua Tonga

    DoB1987-07-05 BirthplaceNieafu,Vava'u Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight85 kg (13 st 5 lb) PositionWing

    Tongan international David signed for Gloucester Rugby in November 2014 following his country's autumn tour.

    Capable of playing wing and full-back, he featured in Tonga's Autumn international squad and represented his country against the USA at Kingsholm.

    David linked up with his fellow countrymen Sione Kalamafoni and Sila Puafisi at Gloucester, as all three were named in the Tongan squad for Rugby World Cup 2015.

    David Tevita Halaifonua Tonga
  • Willi Heinz

    Willi Heinz

    DoB1986-11-24 BirthplaceChristchurch Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight94 kg (14 st 11 lb) PositionScrum Half

    Scrum half Willi arrived ahead of the 2015/16 season from the Crusaders in Super Rugby.

    Christchurch born, the 28 year old racked up 50 caps for both Canterbury in the ITM Cup, and Crusaders in Super Rugby since making his debut in 2010.

    The experienced scrum half will added plenty quality to the position alongside Greig Laidlaw and Callum Braley in his first season at Gloucester and made 19 appearances.

    Willi Heinz
  • Richard Hibbard

    Richard Hibbard

    DoB1983-12-13 BirthplaceNeath Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight111 kg (17 st 6 lb) PositionHooker

    Richard was the second signing to be announced ahead of the 2014-15 season and is a player that needs little introduction. The powerful hooker is a household name across Europe with his no fear approach and arrived at Kingsholm amidst great excitement after his move from the Ospreys.

    Richard made his Wales debut against Argentina in June 2006 and was a stand out performer during the British and Irish Lions tour to Australia where he started in the final test after substitute appearances in the first two.

    Born in Neath, Richard joined the Ospreys after representing several local clubs. After a powerful and dynamic debut season in Cherry and White, Hibbard was named in the Wales squad for Rugby World Cup 2015. 

    Richard Hibbard
  • Josh Hohneck

    Josh Hohneck

    DoB1986-01-06 Birthplace Height () Weight () Position

    30-year-old Josh Hohneck will join Gloucester Rugby for the 2016-17 season.
    Hohneck, is an experienced prop who was part of the impressive Highlanders side that lifted the Super Rugby trophy for the first time last season.
    He began his career with Waikato and then Bay of Plenty, before being picked up by Super Rugby franchise Waikato Chiefs before making the move to Dunedin and representing the Highlanders.
    Josh Hohneck
  • James Hook

    James Hook

    DoB1985-06-27 BirthplaceNeath Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight97 kg (15 st 3 lb) PositionFly Half

    James Hook joined Gloucester Rugby ahead of the 2014-15 season. The multi-capped Wales, Barbarians and British and Irish Lion joined the Cherry and Whites following a spell in the Top 14 with USA Perpignan and his arrival added real quality to a talented squad and backline.

    Born in Port Talbot, James made his debut for the Ospreys in 2006 and went on to make 101 appearances for the Swansea based club, and accumulating an impressive 780 points during his time at the Liberty Stadium.

    In 2011, James opted to move to Catalan Country where he joined USA Perpignan where he was a key part of the talented squad at the Stade Aime Giral.

    To date, James has made 81 caps for Wales after making his debut against Argentina in 2006 and his fine test match form saw him called into the British and Irish Lions’ tour of South Africa in 2009.

    Following Perpignan’s relegation at the end of the 2013-14 season, Gloucester Rugby acted fast to secure the services of one of the world’s finest talents and his arrival was lauded by Phil Vickery as ‘the final piece of the jigsaw’ in May 2014 to complement the Cherry and White backline.

    In James' first season at the club, he made 30 appearances, scoring 114 points including two tries and a memorable 50m penalty to beat Saracens in January 2015. His fine form in a Cherry and White saw James recalled to the Wales squad ahead of Rugby World Cup 2015. 

    James Hook
  • James Hudson

    James Hudson

    DoB1981-10-28 BirthplaceSutton Coldfield Height2.01 m (6' 7") Weight114 kg (17 st 13 lb) PositionLock

    James Hudson joined Gloucester Rugby ahead of the 2013-14 season from Newcastle Falcons.

    34 year old Hudson moved south after four years with the Falcons, during which time he established himself as one of the first names on the team sheet and a real leader, captaining the side for two seasons.

    He started his career at Bath Rugby, then moved along the M4 to London Irish where his stay included a start in the 2008-9 Premiership Final, before his move to Newcastle.

    As well as making well in excess of 100 Premiership appearances, he has also been capped at England Saxons level.

    His 2015-16 season was over before it began unfortunately as a serious knee injury picked up in a preseason friendly sidelined him for the whole campaign.

    James Hudson
  • Sione Kalamafoni

    Sione Kalamafoni

    DoB1988-05-18 BirthplaceMatahau Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight121 kg (19 st 0 lb) PositionBack Row

    Tongan international Sione Kalamafoni moved to Kingsholm from Nottingham Rugby ahead of the 2012-13 season.

    He started three of his country's four matches in Rugby World Cup 2011 as blindside flanker and appeared as a replacement in the fourth. He particularly caught the eye in the memorable 19-14 victory over France when he was named Man of the Match.

    Sione has been a revelation in his time at Kingsholm, impressing with his powerful ball carrying and work in defence. So impressive in fact, that he was named as the Season Ticket Holders Player of the Season at the end of the 2012/13 season. 

    Since then, Sione has proved to be one of the most dynamic and powerful back rowers in the Premiership and was selected for Rugby World Cup 2015. He was voted Players' Player of the Season and Coaches' Player of the Season for 2015-16.

    Sione Kalamafoni
  • Matt Kvesic

    Matt Kvesic

    DoB1992-04-14 BirthplaceIserlohn Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight104 kg (16 st 5 lb) PositionBack Row

    Openside flanker Kvesic moved down the M5 to join Gloucester from Worcester Warriors ahead of the 2013-14 season.

    Kvesic made his first team bow for the Warriors in the LV= Cup in 2009-10, before featuring regularly in the first team in the 2010-11 Championship winning season. He went on to become a fixture in the first team set up, and made more than 50 appearances.

    He captained England U18s, was also capped at U20 level and was called up by Stuart Lancaster to train with England's senior squad ahead of the RBS Six Nations campaign in 2013. He toured Argentina with England in summer 2013 and earned his first full caps for his country.

    Has been in fine form for Gloucester and signed a new contract in the Autumn of 2014, and after an outstanding season picked up the Player and Young Player of the Season Awards, coupled with inclusion in the extended England training squad for Rugby World Cup 2015. 

    He has maintained that form in 2015-16 and was named Supporters' Player of the Season for 2015-16.

    Matt Kvesic
  • Greig Laidlaw

    Greig Laidlaw

    DoB1985-10-12 BirthplaceEdinburgh Height1.75 m (5' 9") Weight78 kg (12 st 4 lb) PositionScrum Half

    Greig was a standout performer for Scotland over the past few seasons and joined the Cherry and Whites ahead of the 2014-15 season from Edinburgh Rugby.

    The half back, who can play at both scrum half and fly half, is a top class kicker and brings vital experience to the Gloucester Rugby squad.

    Greig started his career playing age group rugby for Scotland and 7s and then made his full senior debut v New Zealand in 2010.

    Greig became a regular in the Scottish team throughout the 2012 Six Nations, whilst at the same time captaining Edinburgh to the Heineken Cup semi-finals.

    Prior to his move to Kingsholm, Greig made 134 appearances for Edinburgh and accumulated 574 points as well as 27 International appearances with 235 points whilst boasting a kicking percentage above 80%. He continued this form in the Cherry and White of Gloucester and scored 269 points in his first season.

    Greig captained Scotland in the 2015 RBS Six Nations and also Rugby World Cup 2015. After the tournament he was shortlisted for World Rugby Player of the Year before returning to skipper Gloucester.

    Greig Laidlaw
  • Joe Latta

    Joe Latta

    DoB1992-04-07 BirthplaceDunedin Height1.98 m (6' 6") Weight114 kg (17 st 13 lb) PositionLock

    The New Zealand U20 international lock joins Gloucester Rugby in Autumn 2015. He has represented Otago in the ITM Championship and the Highlanders in Super Rugby.

    Joe featured twice in the European Rugby Challenge Cup before suffering a season-ending hamstring injury while on loan at Bedford.
    Joe Latta
  • Tom Lindsay

    Tom Lindsay

    DoB1987-11-18 BirthplaceSwindon Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight108 kg (17 st 0 lb) PositionHooker

    Tom joins the Cherry and Whites from Wasps, and the hooker is one of the Aviva Premiership’s most experienced operators at only 27.

    In an 11-year spell with Wasps, Tom picked up 129 appearances, and the Swindon-born front rower arrived at Kingsholm to provide plenty of first team competition with experience as an England Saxon. 

    Tom made 11 appearances in his first season at Kingsholm and will be looking build on that in 2016-17.

    Tom Lindsay
  • Lewis Ludlow

    Lewis Ludlow

    DoB1994-09-11 BirthplaceBedford Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight96 kg (15 st 1 lb) PositionBack Row

    Lewis Ludlow
  • Salesi Ma'afu

    Salesi Ma'afu

    DoB1983-03-26 BirthplaceSydney, NSW Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight136 kg (21 st 5 lb) PositionProp

    The Australian international prop joined Gloucester Rugby from Guinness Pro 12 side the Cardiff Blues in October 2016.

    Capped 14 times by his country, the tight-head also counts the Waratahs, Brumbies, Western Force, Northampton Saints and Toulon amongst his former clubs and will provide real strength in depth in the front row.
    Salesi Ma'afu
  • Tom Marshall

    Tom Marshall

    DoB1990-07-05 BirthplaceAuckland Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight91 kg (14 st 4 lb) PositionCentre

    Hugely exciting back Tom joined the Cherry and Whites after proving to be one of Super Rugby’s finest performers following time with the Crusaders and most recently the Chiefs.

    Capable of playing in midfield, on the wing or at full back, the 25 year old’s arrival provides another weapon to the Gloucester Rugby backline.

    After 42 appearances in Christchurch for the Crusaders, Tom moved to Waikato and joined the Chiefs, helping them to the Super Rugby play offs in his second season, whilst also representing the Tasman Makos.

    Tom made a belated start to his Gloucester career as he had to undergo knee surgery upon his arrival but impressed in his first team outings once fully fit.

    Tom Marshall
  • Motu Matu'u

    Motu Matu'u

    DoB1987-04-30 BirthplaceWellington Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight108 kg (17 st 0 lb) PositionHooker

    Motu Matu’u joins Gloucester Rugby for the 2015-16 season.
    A former team-mate of current Gloucester favourite Jeremy Thrush, Matu'u made his provincial debut for Wellington Lions v Wairarapa-Bush in 2009.
    In 2012, Matu'u made his mark for the Hurricanes against the Stormers, and, ahead of the current Super Rugby season, had made 33 appearances, scoring three times, with his game time shared with All Black hooker Dane Coles.
    He is capped internationally by Samoa, and made his debut for the Pacific Islanders in the 2015 World Rugby Pacific Nations Cup.
    Motu Matu'u
  • Jonny May

    Jonny May

    DoB1990-04-01 BirthplaceSwindon Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight92 kg (14 st 6 lb) PositionCentre

    Jonny is one of the brightest prospects to have come through the Gloucester Rugby Academy in recent times.

    Part of the successful Hartpury Rugby set up in 2008-9, he was a regular feature in the A League side in 2009-10 and made an initial first team squad breakthrough in preseason scoring a memorable try against Connacht. 

    Jonny was selected for the England U20s squad that competed in the 2010 Six Nations and was chosen for the Junior World Cup squad for the tournament in Argentina.

    2011-12 was arguably a breakthrough season for Jonny as he became a first team regular, was selected for the England Saxons and won the LV= Breakthrough Player and Aviva Premiership Player of the Month for January awards.

    2012-13 got off to an unfortunate start, as a niggling knee injury sidelined him for several months. However, spring saw him return in style and quickly return to try scoring form with 10 tries in 11 games.

    Was selected for England's summer tour of Argentina and won his first international cap in the second test.

    The 2014 RBS Six Nations saw Jonny make his mark on the test arena, appearing in all five of England's games as they came a narrow second to Ireland in the tournament. 

    2014-15 saw him maintain his fine form as he scored a sensational first try for England against New Zealand and signed a new contract with Gloucester, shortly before making his 100th first team appearance for the club against Saracens in January 2015. 

    Jonny was part of England's Rugby World Cup 2015 squad but suffered a season-ending knee injury on December 27th against Harlequins.

    Jonny May
  • Paddy McAllister

    Paddy McAllister

    DoB1989-07-20 BirthplaceArmagh Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight124 kg (19 st 7 lb) PositionProp

    Irish front rower Paddy joined the Cherry and Whites ahead of the 2015-16 season from Stade Aurillac in Pro 2 in France. The loose head made 44 appearances for Ulster where he spent four seasons before a knee injury.

    Paddy spent one season in France with Aurillac and boasts experience with Ireland U20s.

    Enjoyed a fine first season with the club and made 17 appearances.

    Paddy McAllister
  • Ben Morgan

    Ben Morgan

    DoB1989-02-18 BirthplaceBristol Height1.93 m (6' 4") Weight117 kg (18 st 5 lb) PositionNo. 8

    England international number eight Ben Morgan moved to Gloucester Rugby from the Scarlets in the summer of 2012.

    Morgan was born in Bristol, educated in Gloucestershire and started his rugby career just down the road with Dursley RFC.

    He joined the Scarlets in May 2009 and went on to become a first team regular. He could have qualified for Wales under residency rules but opted to play for England, the country of his birth, and enjoyed a fine first RBS Six Nations.

    Ben fitted in quickly at the club he supported as a boy, and scored a memorable hat trick against London Welsh in the LV= Cup.

    He has gone on to become an England regular and signed a new contract with Gloucester in January 2015, and was named in the 50 man England squad for Rugby World Cup 2015 having overcome a serious leg injury.

    Ben Morgan
  • Ross Moriarty

    Ross Moriarty

    DoB1994-04-18 BirthplaceSt Helens,Lancs Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight103 kg (16 st 3 lb) PositionBack Row

    Ross, son of former Wales international back rower Paul, is also a back row forward by trade.

    2012-13 saw him play regularly for Hartpury RFC and also make his breakthrough for Gloucester at first team level.

    He was part of England U20s Six Nations squad and played a big part in England U20s winning the Junior World Championship for the first time, in France in 2013, and then going one better to defend the title in New Zealand in 2014.

    Despite his success at age-group level with England, Ross was selected for the initial 47-man training squad by Wales for the Rugby World Cup 2015, later earning a recall to the 31-man squad, making his debut as a replacement against Uruguay in Wales' opening game.

    Ross made his Six Nations debut for Wales against Italy in March 2016, scoring his first international try.

    He was voted Young Player of the Season by the club's supporters for 2015-16.

    Ross Moriarty
  • Cameron Orr

    Cameron Orr

    DoB1995-04-02 BirthplaceSydney, NSW Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight122 kg (19 st 2 lb) PositionProp

    Cameron appeared for Australian Under-20s in the 2014 World Rugby Junior World Championships in New Zealand and 2015 in Italy.

    Part of the Waratahs' Generation Blue Academy, he has since been developing his game by playing for the Greater Sydney Rams in the National Rugby Championship and joined Gloucester for preseason training in July 2016.
    Cameron Orr
  • Mat Protheroe

    Mat Protheroe

    DoB1996-10-10 BirthplaceSwansea Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight73 kg (11 st 7 lb) PositionFly Half

    One of English rugby’s most sought after young talents, Mat put pen to paper on a senior contract with the Cherry and Whites in May 2015.

    Capable of playing at fly half, or full back, Mat impressed in his debut season with Hartpury RFC in National League One and England Under 18s.

    Yet to make his full first team debut, but featured in the friendly against the Barbarians and represented England U20s in the Six Nations.

    Mat Protheroe
  • Henry Purdy

    Henry Purdy

    DoB1994-05-21 BirthplaceOxford Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight93 kg (14 st 9 lb) PositionWing

    Henry moves to Gloucester from Leicester Tigers in the summer of 2014.

    Educated at Burford School and Cokethorpe School, Oxford-born Henry first played when seven at Chipping Norton RFC and went on to appear for Oxfordshire Schools U16 and U18, South West U18 and England U18 Clubs and Schools.

    A hard running winger, he represented England U20s in the 2013 and 2014 Six Nations campaigns. Was also a member of the squad that won the Junior World Championship in 2013 and 2014.

    Henry first made a name for himself in the team that successfully defended the Premiership Rugby 7s title before establishing himself in the first team squad.

    Signed a new contract with the club in December 2014, and in his breakthrough season in Cherry and White, crossed for nine tries, including seven in the Aviva Premiership. 

    Was building nicely on that first season until sidelined by a couple of leg injuries in 2016 but will be looking to bounce back in 2016-17.

    Henry Purdy
  • Jacob Rowan

    Jacob Rowan

    DoB1990-01-14 BirthplaceKeighley Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight98 kg (15 st 6 lb) PositionBack Row

    Openside flanker Jacob joins the Cherry and Whites as one of the hottest properties out of the Championship after captaining Leeds Carnegie to the play off semi-final in 2013-14.

    Named as the youngest ever Leeds’ captain in 2012, Jacob displayed fine leadership skills and his quality in the back row is a great addition to the current crop in the squad.

    As well as studying Chemistry at the University of Leeds, Jacob is a former England Under 18 and Under 20 international who captained the Under 20s during their Junior World Championship campaign in 2009-10, a team which contained current Gloucester Rugby stars Jonny May and Shaun Knight.

    Jacob's first season at the Cherry and Whites saw him make 11 appearances, scoring a try against Ospreys in the LV= Cup, while 2015-16 saw him make 22 appearances as well as captaining the side on occasion.

    Jacob Rowan
  • Tom Savage

    Tom Savage

    DoB1989-04-18 BirthplaceHavering Height1.96 m (6' 5") Weight115 kg (18 st 1 lb) PositionLock / Back Row

    Savage is well known to followers of rugby in the Gloucester area having skippered Hartpury RFC to the National Three South West title in 2010-11.

    He achieved this whilst training with the Gloucester first team throughout the season and also made frequent appearances in the Aviva Premiership Rugby A League.

    2011-12 saw him feature regularly at first team level as he handled the leap to the highest level of English club rugby with aplomb making 18 appearances in total.

    He impressed even more in 2012-13, cementing a place in the starting XV, whether in the second row or at blindside flanker.

    Tom captained the club in the 2013-14 season, and his experience and versatility have seen him as one of the first names on the teamsheet since.

    He signed a new long term contract with the club in July 2015 and continued his good club form in 2015-16 picking up the Bit Hit Award at the club's End of Season Awards dinner.

    Tom Savage
  • Matt Scott

    Matt Scott

    DoB1990-09-30 BirthplaceDunfermline Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight101 kg (15 st 12 lb) PositionCentre

    Matt Scott joined Gloucester in the summer of 2016.
    A Scotland cap at the various age groups, the Dunfermline born player joined Edinburgh Rugby as an elite development player in the summer of 2011 and has played his senior club rugby in the black and red of Edinburgh ever since.
    He made a try-scoring debut for Scotland A in the 35-0 win over England Saxons at Netherdale in February 2012 and earned his first full Scotland cap as a replacement in the RBS 6 Nations the following month versus Ireland at the Aviva Stadium.
    Now capped 36 times he featured in Rugby World Cup 2015 and on Scotland’s recent tour of Japan.
    Matt Scott
  • Charlie Sharples

    Charlie Sharples

    DoB1989-08-17 Birthplace- Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight93 kg (14 st 9 lb) PositionWing

    Charlie, then a member of the Gloucester Rugby Academy, made a dramatic impact on the first team squad in 2008-9.

    He was set to represent England U20s against Wales but was recalled by the club and went on to make 9 first team appearances, scoring a memorable first senior try against Bath.

    Was named in the England U20 squad for the Junior World Championship in Japan in June 2009 and kicked on to enjoy a memorable 2009-10 season for Gloucester. 

    He scored 12 tries from 18 starts (including friendlies) and was shortlisted for Try of the Year at the Guinness Premiership Awards.

    2010-11 went even better for Charlie as he scored 18 tries in 29 appearances, was voted Young Player of the Year by the supporters and was selected for England Saxons. 

    Charlie was named in England's Rugby World Cup training squad in the summer, making his debut as a replacement against Wales and agreed a two year contract extension in July.

    2011-12 was another fine campaign at club level with his try scoring tally in double figures once again and a first England start, in Paris against France. Has since added to his England cap tally, and scored his first international try against Fiji, as well as cementing a place on the right wing for Gloucester. 

    Charlie continues to be a potent weapon on the right wing for Gloucester and signed a new contract with the club in January 2014.

    On his 150th appearance in October 2014, Charlie crossed for a hat-trick as Gloucester opened up the European Rugby Challenge Cup with a 55-0 win over CA Brive.

    Charlie signed a new long term contract with the club in July 2015 and was enjoying a fine 2015-16 season until suffering a season-ending knee injury.

    Was voted Player of the Season at the club's End of Season Awards dinner.

    Charlie Sharples
  • Andy Symons

    Andy Symons

    DoB1991-06-29 BirthplaceHarlow Height1.96 m (6' 5") Weight106 kg (16 st 9 lb) PositionCentre

    Andy Symons joins Gloucester Rugby from Worcester Warriors in the summer of 2016.
    The 24-year-old joined the Warriors in November 2013 and counts Leicester Tigers, Doncaster Knights and Tasman Makos amongst his former clubs. During his time with Worcester, he made more than 50 senior appearances for the Sixways based outfit, including 19 last season.
    Symons, who hails from Hertfordshire, first started playing for Saracens Amateurs and Old Albanians before training with the Saracens Academy.
    He then moved to New Zealand where he was coached by current Leicester Tigers' Head Coach, Aaron Mauger, at Christchurch club High School Old Boys.
    Andy Symons
  • Dan Thomas

    Dan Thomas

    DoB1993-10-11 BirthplaceCroesyceiliog Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight95 kg (14 st 13 lb) PositionBack Row

    Dan Thomas
  • Nicky Thomas

    Nicky Thomas

    DoB1994-08-26 BirthplaceSwansea Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight117 kg (18 st 5 lb) PositionProp

    A front rower with huge amounts of promise, Nicky returns to Gloucester after spending part of his formative years studying at Hartpury College.

    Nicky joins from the Ospreys, representing Aberavon and Swansea clubs during his time, as well as being a mainstay of the Wales Under 20 squad that reached the Junior World Championship in 2013.

    Nicky made his Ospreys debut aged 17, coincidentally against the Cherry and Whites in November 2012 and made 9 appearances for Gloucester before being released to move to the Scarlets in October 2016.

    Nicky Thomas
  • Yann Thomas

    Yann Thomas

    DoB1990-04-16 BirthplaceBristol Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight120 kg (18 st 12 lb) PositionProp

    The 24-year old prop joined the Gloucester Rugby Academy from West Country rivals Bristol before the 2008-9 season and impressed enough to earn a senior deal.

    Made his full senior debut for the club in the LV= Cup in 2009-10. Yann featured more frequently for the first team in 2010-11 and picked up an LV= Cup winners medal in March.

    Has continued to develop his game ever since, and is a key part of the first team squad, making 33 appearances in the 2014/15 season, and winning the European Rugby Challenge Cup before going on to make 22 more appearances in 2015-16 and going past the 100 appearance mark for the club.

    Yann Thomas
  • Ollie Thorley

    Ollie Thorley

    DoB1996-09-11 BirthplaceCamden Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight97 kg (15 st 3 lb) PositionCentre / Wing

    A student at Cheltenham College, Ollie is one of the Academy's brightest young prospects.

    A regular for the Gloucester U18 side, Ollie became the youngest player to play for the first team in the professional era when he played the full 80 minutes in the LV= Cup fixture at Northampton Saints in November 2013.

    His great uncle Martin Britt played football for West Ham United and, as for role models, he lists Jamie Roberts, Brian O’Driscoll, Conrad Smith and Mike Tindall. He also rates Kingsholm as ‘unique.’

    Ollie became the club's youngest first team try scorer, when he crossed against Ospreys in March 2015 in the LV= Cup and he marked his debut in the Aviva Premiership with the game's only try against the Exeter Chiefs in April 2016.

    Ollie Thorley
  • Jeremy Thrush

    Jeremy Thrush

    DoB1985-04-19 BirthplaceAuckland Height1.98 m (6' 6") Weight118 kg (18 st 8 lb) PositionLock

    All Black international Jeremy arrives at Kingsholm in the peak of his career, and the 6 ft 6 second row brings world-class leadership and presence to the Cherry and White pack.

    In May of 2015, Jeremy marked his 100th Super Rugby cap for the Hurricanes, adding to his 78 Wellington appearances, proving his durability and quality, which has seen him also pick up 11 All Blacks appearances. The Wellington-born enforcer made his All Blacks debut in 2013 against France.

    As expected, Thrush made a big impact during his debut season at Kingsholm making 18 appearances, scoring a memorable try at Twickenham, and helping to inspire the 'Thrush Crush'.

    Jeremy Thrush
  • Henry Trinder

    Henry Trinder

    DoB1989-04-14 BirthplaceSwindon Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight93 kg (14 st 9 lb) PositionCentre

    Henry is one of the most successful of Gloucester Rugby's recent Academy starlets.

    2008-9 saw him play regularly for Moseley in National League Division One, represent England U20s in the Six Nations and also make his first team breakthrough for Gloucester.

    Was named in the England U20 squad for the Junior World Championship in Japan in June 2009.

    2010-11 was a superb season for Trinder as he scored 13 tries in 23 appearances, represented England against the Barbarians and the Saxons in the Churchill Cup. 

    Agreed a new contract in the spring and also trained with England ahead of the RBS Six Nations.

    Has been desperately unlucky with injuries over the past two seasons and it was a significant moment when he passed 100 appearances for the club.

    Henry Trinder
  • Billy Twelvetrees

    Billy Twelvetrees

    DoB1988-11-15 BirthplaceChichester Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight100 kg (15 st 10 lb) PositionCentre

    Billy Twelvetrees joined Gloucester Rugby from the Leicester Tigers ahead of the 2012-13 season.

    Originally from Sussex, Billy joined the Tigers Academy in 2007 and had a spell at Leicester Lions as well as scoring 18 tries, 16 conversions, and 13 penalties on loan for Bedford in 2008-09.

    Capped at Saxons level by England, he possesses an ideal mix of size and skill. He has a fine boot when kicking out of hand and is a more than capable goal kicker. 

    Has quickly impressed with Gloucester and earned a call up to England's Elite Player Squad for the 2013 Six Nations, making his debut against Scotland at Twickenham, scoring a try in the process.

    A fine first season was reflected in his selection for the England tour of Argentina. He scored a try in the first test before being called up to the British & Irish Lions squad.

    Billy then continued his fine form on the international stage coupled with picking up the captaincy for the Cherry and Whites as he appeared in all 5 games in the 2014 RBS Six Nations. 

    Billy was named club captain of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the 2014-15 season and continued in that role in 2015-16.

    Billy Twelvetrees