Players & Coaches Index : Senior Squad | Coaching Staff

  • Ruan Ackermann

    Ruan Ackermann

    DoB1995-12-29 Birthplace Height () Weight () Position

    Ruan Ackermann joins Gloucester Rugby from the Lions in the summer of 2017.
     
    Ackermann made his first appearance for the Golden Lions in the 2015 Vodacom Cup, before being included in the Lions' Super Rugby squad for the 2016 season.
     
    As well as this, Ackermann was called up to the Barbarians squad in the summer of 2016, playing against Samoa at the London Olympic Stadium.
     
    A standout performer in the Lions progression to the Super Rugby final in 2017, his arrival is keenly anticipated.
    Ruan Ackermann
  • John Afoa

    John Afoa

    DoB1983-10-16 BirthplaceAuckland Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight120 kg (18 st 12 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 three fine seasons at Kingsholm.

    John Afoa
  • Mark Atkinson

    Mark Atkinson

    DoB1990-03-08 BirthplaceKnowsley Height1.98 m (6' 6") Weight107 kg (16 st 11 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 the quality of 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 strong contributions in his second and third seasons, particularly making his mark in the European campaigns.

    Mark Atkinson
  • Fraser Balmain

    Fraser Balmain

    DoB1991-11-16 BirthplaceNewcastle-upon-Tyne Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight117 kg (18 st 5 lb) PositionProp

    Front rower Fraser joins the club this season from Leicester Tigers, with plenty of Aviva Premiership experience in his career already. The Geordie forward arrives at Kingsholm after coming up through the ranks at Welford Road, as well as representing England against the Barbarians. His experience and power in the front row will be a welcome addition to the club.
    Fraser Balmain
  • Callum Braley

    Callum Braley

    DoB1994-03-20 BirthplaceBristol Height1.78 m (5' 10") Weight83 kg (13 st 1 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 and 16 in his third.

    Callum Braley
  • Billy Burns

    Billy Burns

    DoB1994-06-13 BirthplaceBath Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight85 kg (13 st 5 lb) PositionFly Half

    Billy is the younger brother of former Gloucester 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.

    Billy continued to make good progress his 2015-16 before his season was ended prematurely with a knee injury, but he bounced back in 2016-17 as he made 26 starts and scored 147 points.

    Billy Burns
  • Freddie Clarke

    Freddie Clarke

    DoB1992-10-10 BirthplaceWandsworth Height1.96 m (6' 5") Weight114 kg (17 st 13 lb) PositionBack Row

    Freddie is a hugely promising graduate from the Gloucester Rugby Academy who makes the step up into the first team. The back row forward spent time in the Bath Rugby Academy, before finding his feet with London Scottish in the Greene King IPA Championship. His form for Scottish alerted the Cherry and Whites and Clarke made 9 first team appearances in his first season at the club, and has now been rewarded with a spot in the first team for the 2017/18 campaign. 
    Freddie Clarke
  • Gareth Denman

    Gareth Denman

    DoB1990-11-12 BirthplaceRotherham Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight114 kg (17 st 13 lb) PositionProp

    Front row Gareth joined the club this summer from Northampton Saints, and the Rotherham-born prop adds more strength and depth to the Cherry and Whites’ engine room. The powerful front rower played a key part in the Saints’ squad that lifted the Aviva Premiership in 2014, and his experience and know how in such a key area will be important for the Cherry and Whites as he arrives with his best years ahead. 
    Gareth Denman
  • Tom Denton

    Tom Denton

    DoB1988-02-13 BirthplaceYork Height1.98 m (6' 6") Weight114 kg (17 st 13 lb) PositionLock

    Tom 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.

    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.
     
    The imposing 6'6" lock joined up with his new team mates ahead of the new campaign but was frustrated by injuries in 2016-17 which limited him to just five appearances.
     
    Tom Denton
  • Gareth Evans

    Gareth Evans

    DoB1991-09-19 BirthplaceSwindon Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight111 kg (17 st 6 lb) PositionBack Row

    Gareth, a product of the Gloucester Rugby Academy, moved up to the first team squad for 2012-13.

    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 pair of strong showings in the Heineken Cup against Munster and Perpignan, including a stunning run to assist a try in the win in France.

    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. He was similarly frustrated in 2016-17 and will be looking to bounce back in 2017-18.

    Gareth Evans
  • Lloyd Evans

    Lloyd Evans

    DoB1995-12-14 BirthplaceGloucester Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight84 kg (13 st 3 lb) PositionFly Half

    Cheltenham born Evans has made a real name for himself over the past 12 months.

    A pupil at Dean Close School, he has been a regular for the Gloucester U18s side and also represented England U18s.

    A reliable goal kicker, he made his senior debut for Gloucester in the LV= Cup at Northampton in November 2013, and in May 2015, Lloyd made his Aviva Premiership debut as a 60th minute replacement against Bath Rugby. 

    Lloyd was also named in the England U20 squad for the Junior World Championship in Italy, June 2015, looking to help the English make it three wins in a row. 

    Lloyd Evans
  • Mariano Galarza

    Mariano Galarza

    DoB1986-11-12 BirthplaceVeinticinco de Mayo Height2.03 m (6' 8") Weight114 kg (17 st 13 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 before making 23 appearances in 2016-17.

    Mariano Galarza
  • David Tevita Halaifonua Tonga

    David Tevita Halaifonua Tonga

    DoB1987-07-05 BirthplaceNieafu,Vava'u Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight104 kg (16 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.

    2016-17 was David's best season to date in the Cherry and White of Gloucester as he made 17 appearances and scored six tries.

    David Tevita Halaifonua Tonga
  • James Hanson

    James Hanson

    DoB1988-09-15 BirthplaceBrisbane, QLD Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight102 kg (16 st 0 lb) PositionHooker

    James Hanson joined Gloucester Rugby on a short-term deal in September 2017.
     
    The 29-year old who has also represented the Barbarians, has spent the majority of his professional career with the Queensland Reds in Brisbane, before making the switch to the Melbourne Rebels ahead of the last Super Rugby season.
     
    Brisbane-born Hanson made 15 appearances for the Melbourne Rebels in the recent Super Rugby competition to take his overall tournament tally into three figures, and has now made the short-term switch to the Cherry and Whites for his first taste of English domestic rugby, and the Aviva Premiership.
    James Hanson
  • Willi Heinz

    Willi Heinz

    DoB1986-11-24 BirthplaceChristchurch Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight89 kg (14 st 0 lb) PositionScrum Half

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

    Christchurch born, he 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 added plenty of quality to the position alongside Greig Laidlaw and Callum Braley in his first season at Gloucester and made 19 appearances, bettering that total in his second season when he also skippered the side frequently.

    His form was reflected in a call up to England's training camp in May 2017.
     

    Willi Heinz
  • Richard Hibbard

    Richard Hibbard

    DoB1983-12-13 BirthplaceNeath Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight112 kg (17 st 8 lb) PositionHooker

    Richard was the second signing to be announced ahead of the 2014-15 season.

    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 when the club lifted the European Rugby Challenge Cup, Hibbard was named in the Wales squad for Rugby World Cup 2015. 

    His dynamic and physical play has quickly made him a favourite with fans at Kingsholm and he was voted Player of the Season after a terrific 2016-17 campaign and earned a call-up to the Barbarians squad to face England and Ulster.

    Richard Hibbard
  • Josh Hohneck

    Josh Hohneck

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

    Josh Hohneck joined Gloucester Rugby ahead of the 2016-17 season.
     
    He 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.

    Despite not arriving until mid-November, Josh made 23 appearances in his first season at Kingsholm.
    Josh Hohneck
  • Lewis Ludlow

    Lewis Ludlow

    DoB1994-09-11 BirthplaceBedford Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight105 kg (16 st 7 lb) PositionBack Row

    Lewis is the latest Academy talent to break through to the first team in recent seasons.
     
    Capable of playing at number eight or at six, Ludlow has proved to be a dependable member of the back row, and impressing when called upon for first team duty in the Aviva Premiership.
     
    Captained the side in Anglo-Welsh action in 2016-17, signed a new contract and arguably enjoyed his breakthrough season as he made 26 appearances.
     
    Lewis Ludlow
  • 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, making 17 starts in his second season with Gloucester.

    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 joined 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.

    He made 21 appearances in his first season in the Cherry and White of Gloucester.
    Motu Matu'u
  • Paddy McAllister

    Paddy McAllister

    DoB1989-07-20 BirthplaceArmagh Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight119 kg (18 st 10 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, following that up with 18 appearances in his second.
     

    Paddy McAllister
  • Ben Morgan

    Ben Morgan

    DoB1989-02-18 BirthplaceBristol Height1.91 m (6' 3") 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. He 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.

    He went 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.

    Now one of Gloucester's senior players, he made a career high 26 appearances in 2016-17.

    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.

    He was part of the 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 and also 2016-17 and his continued excellent form for club and country saw him earn a call up for the British and Irish Lions squad to tour New Zealand.

    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 made 10 first team appearances for the club in his first season.
    Cameron Orr
  • Henry Purdy

    Henry Purdy

    DoB1994-05-21 BirthplaceOxford Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight94 kg (14 st 11 lb) PositionWing

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

    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 bounced back with 18 appearances and 6 tries in 2016-17.

    Henry Purdy
  • Val Rapava Ruskin

    Val Rapava Ruskin

    DoB1992-10-12 BirthplaceTbilisi Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight124 kg (19 st 7 lb) PositionProp

    Front rower Val arrives at the Cherry and Whites after catching the eye of many admirers in Worcester Warriors colours. The young Georgian born prop possesses a powerful scrummaging game combined with mobility around the pitch and a nuisance around the breakdown. Val’s arrival at the club adds to a strong front row unit.

     
    Val Rapava Ruskin
  • Jacob Rowan

    Jacob Rowan

    DoB1990-01-14 BirthplaceKeighley Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight104 kg (16 st 5 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.

    2016-17 saw him produce another typically committed effort as he made 31 appearances.

    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 summer tour of Japan.

    Matt enjoyed an excellent first season in Cherry and White, scoring 12 tries from 21 starts.
    Matt Scott
  • Charlie Sharples

    Charlie Sharples

    DoB1989-08-17 Birthplace- Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight89 kg (14 st 0 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 international debut as a replacement against Wales.

    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.

    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.

    He continued his consistent form in 2016-17 and 2017-18 will be his testimonial season with the club.

    Charlie Sharples
  • Ed Slater

    Ed Slater

    DoB1988-08-01 BirthplaceLeicester Height1.96 m (6' 5") Weight116 kg (18 st 3 lb) PositionLock / Back Row

    Ed Slater joins Gloucester Rugby in the summer of 2017 from Leicester Tigers.
     
    Ed joined Tigers at the start of 2010/11 after a spell in Australia and ended that season by appearing in the Aviva Premiership Final at Twickenham. A first Premiership title followed in 2012/13.
     
    Capable of playing in the second row, at flanker or number eight, he was called into England’s training squad ahead of the 2014 Six Nations and captained Tigers for the first time in the Aviva Premiership that season. Retaining the role for the rest of the season, he was shortlisted as Supporters’ Player of the Season and then joined England’s tour squad to New Zealand.
     
    Although he missed out on a senior cap, he did captain England to victory over the Crusaders in the tour’s only midweek fixture and was also part of the 2015 Rugby World Cup training squad.
     
    Ed will bring real experience and an abrasive edge up front to the Gloucester pack.
    Ed Slater
  • Andy Symons

    Andy Symons

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

    Andy Symons joined 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.

    Suffered an injury-disrupted first season at Kingsholm as he was restricted to 8 appearances.
    Andy Symons
  • 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.

    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.

    He was part of the England U20s squad that won the Junior World Championship in June 2017.

    Ollie Thorley
  • Jeremy Thrush

    Jeremy Thrush

    DoB1985-04-19 BirthplaceAuckland Height1.98 m (6' 6") Weight116 kg (18 st 3 lb) PositionLock

    All Black international Jeremy arrived 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' and went on to make 17 appearances in his second season, skippering the side on one occasion.

    Jeremy Thrush
  • Henry Trinder

    Henry Trinder

    DoB1989-04-14 BirthplaceSwindon Height1.83 m (6' 0") 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.

    2016-17 saw him make his way back into first team contention as he made 12 appearances.

    Henry Trinder
  • Billy Twelvetrees

    Billy Twelvetrees

    DoB1988-11-15 BirthplaceChichester Height1.93 m (6' 4") Weight103 kg (16 st 3 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
  • Ben Vellacott

    Ben Vellacott

    DoB1995-03-28 BirthplaceChertsey,Surrey Height1.65 m (5' 5") Weight78 kg (12 st 4 lb) PositionScrum Half

    Vellacott has played for Scotland at U17 and U18 levels and made his Scotland under-20 debut off the bench against Ireland in January 2014, scoring his side's only try, in the final minutes.

    A former pupil of Ivybridge College, he also represented Devon at under-15 and under-18 levels and was a member of both Exeter Chiefs and Worcester Warriors academies.

    Currently studying Sports Coaching at Hartpury College, whom he turns out for in addition to Worcester Warriors, he was a National Schools under-13 Athletics champion at 100m.

    Ben was named in the Scotland U20 squad for the Junior World Championships in Italy in June 2015.

    Ben Vellacott
  • Owen Williams

    Owen Williams

    DoB1992-02-27 BirthplaceNeath Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight92 kg (14 st 6 lb) PositionFly Half

    Welshman Owen has been a standout in recent seasons in the Aviva Premiership, and his arrival at the club is a key one for the new campaign.

    In June, he picked up his first Welsh cap in Auckland, and will be looking to show good form at Kingsholm.

    A smooth distributor, fly half Owen has proved to have nerves of steel from the kicking tee for Leicester Tigers and the 25-year old will hope to have a similar impact with the Cherry and Whites. 
    Owen Williams
  • Jason Woodward

    Jason Woodward

    DoB1990-05-17 BirthplaceLower Hutt Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight101 kg (15 st 12 lb) PositionFull Back

    The Cherry and Whites moved quickly to secure the services of Woodward when he became available, and the flying back returns to the club he supported as a teenager.

    An alumni of Hartpury College, Kiwi Jason moved back to New Zealand and his career took him to Melbourne Rebels then to Hurricanes where he played a key part in lifting the Super Rugby title in 2016.

    Jason spent 6 months with Bristol Rugby and moved to Gloucester Rugby ahead of the new season.
     
    Jason Woodward