Players & Coaches Index : Senior Squad | Coaching Staff

  • John Afoa

    John Afoa

    DoB1983-10-16 BirthplaceAuckland Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight118 kg (18 st 8 lb) PositionProp

    Tight head prop who joined the club from Ulster after 2 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 in 2014-15, his arrival at Kingsholm is a hugely exciting one for both the player and the club.

    John Afoa
  • Mark Atkinson

    Mark Atkinson

    DoB1990-03-08 BirthplaceKnowsley Height1.96 m (6' 5") Weight102 kg (16 st 0 lb) PositionCentre

    Mark is a highly rated back who joins the club from Bedford Blues and described by many as ‘a standout performer in the Championship’.

    Mark 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 is 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 Atkinson
  • Billy Burns

    Billy Burns

    DoB1994-06-13 BirthplaceBath Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight78 kg (12 st 3 lb) PositionFly Half

    Billy is the younger brother of former fly half Freddie.

    Also a fly half, Billy has represented England U18s 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 Junior World Champion in the summer of 2014.

    Billy Burns
  • Rob Cook

    Rob Cook

    DoB1984-07-07 BirthplaceLincoln Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight93 kg (14 st 9 lb) PositionFull Back

    29 year old Rob Cook joined Gloucester Rugby in the summer of 2012 from the Cornish Pirates.

    A prolific points scorer in the Championship with the Pirates, he totalled over 1000 points in his three seasons at the Mennaye Field.

    However, he’s not just a goal kicker. A dangerous counter attacker in particular, he has also scored 26 tries over the same period.

    2011-12 saw him named in the Championship Dream Team as he passed a thousand points in total for the Pirates and chalked up a century of first team appearances.

    Cookie, as he quickly became nicknamed, has enjoyed a great start to his Gloucester Rugby career and become a regular at full back.

    Following a hugely impressive season in 2013/14, Rob was named season ticket holder's player of the season after a great campaign crossing for six tries and kicking 29 points with his unique kicking style.

    Rob Cook
  • Darren Dawidiuk

    Darren Dawidiuk

    DoB1987-09-21 BirthplaceTruro Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight106 kg (16 st 9 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 good progress in his first season at Kingsholm and signed a new contract in spring 2010.

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

    2011-12 saw him feature even more frequently at first team level and he signed a new contract with the club in the spring. 

    Dukey made his 100th appearance in Cherry and White when he appeared against Saracens at Kingsholm in January 2015.

    Darren Dawidiuk
  • Gareth Evans

    Gareth Evans

    DoB1991-09-19 BirthplaceSwindon Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight109 kg (17 st 2 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.

    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 joins 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 18 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. 

    Mariano Galarza
  • David Halaifonua Tonga

    David Halaifonua Tonga

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

    Tongan international David signed for Gloucester Rugby, subject to visa approval, in November 2014.

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

    Will link up with his fellow countrymen Sione Kalamafoni, Aleki Lutui and Sila Puafisi at Gloucester.

    David Halaifonua Tonga
  • Richard Hibbard

    Richard Hibbard

    DoB1983-12-13 BirthplaceNeath Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight114 kg (17 st 13 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 arrives at Kingsholm amidst great excitement after his move from the Ospreys.

    Richard is a key part of the Wales national team after making his debut against Argentina in June 2006 and started four games in the 2013 RBS Six Nations as the Welsh claimed the title.

    Richard was a stand out performer during the recent 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 and his career pushed on from there, and is bound to become a real fans favourite in a Gloucester Rugby shirt.

    Richard Hibbard
  • James Hook

    James Hook

    DoB1985-06-27 BirthplaceNeath Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight96 kg (15 st 1 lb) PositionFly Half

    James Hook joined Gloucester Rugby ahead of the 2014-15 season, a class act at fly half and his signing is a huge statement of intent as the hugely talented and versatile back dons the Cherry and White shirt.

    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 will add 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 75 caps for Wales, with 348 points return 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.

    James scored 11 points in the win over the Southern Kings as well as making a substitute appearance in the third test win over the Springboks.

    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.

    James Hook
  • James Hudson

    James Hudson

    DoB1981-10-28 BirthplaceSutton Coldfield Height2.01 m (6' 7") Weight113 kg (17 st 10 lb) PositionLock

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

    31 year old Hudson will move 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.

    James Hudson
  • Tom Isaacs

    Tom Isaacs

    DoB1987-02-18 BirthplaceCardiff Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight90 kg (14 st 2 lb) PositionCentre

    Tom joined the club after 5 seasons at the Ospreys and the exciting centre had plenty of experience in both Sevens and the fifteens version of the game as an IRB Sevens World Cup winner with Wales in 2009.

    The Welshman started his club career with the Dragons, which he followed with time with Bridgend and Neath, as well as Wales Under 20s.

    Tom also played at scrum half and his versatility brought quality and strength in depth to the Gloucester Rugby squad. However, first team opportunities proved to be hard to come by and Tom moved back across the Severn Bridge to join his home town club, Cardiff Blues, in November.

    Tom Isaacs
  • Sione Kalamafoni

    Sione Kalamafoni

    DoB1988-05-18 BirthplaceMatahau Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight118 kg (18 st 8 lb) PositionBack Row

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

    Kalamafoni has spent the past two seasons with Championship side Nottingham where he has had a big impact.

    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 first few months 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.

    Sione Kalamafoni
  • Shaun Knight

    Shaun Knight

    DoB1990-02-19 BirthplaceGloucester Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight117 kg (18 st 5 lb) PositionProp

    Shaun possesses a fine Gloucester Rugby pedigree with his father having represented the club during his playing career.

    Shaun is a product of the Matson club and a promising tight head prop.

    He was a member of England's 2009 and 2010 Junior World Cup squads and had a spell with Counties Manukau in New Zealand as part of their wider ITM Cup squad.

    Now really starting to establish himself in the first team squad and signed a new contract with the club in December 2011.

    2012-13 has seen Shaun clock up considerable first team experience and has been a regular member of the matchday squad.

    Shaun Knight
  • Matt Kvesic

    Matt Kvesic

    DoB1992-04-14 BirthplaceIserlohn Height1.88 m (6' 2") 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.

    Matt Kvesic
  • Greig Laidlaw

    Greig Laidlaw

    DoB1985-10-12 BirthplaceEdinburgh Height1.75 m (5' 9") Weight80 kg (12 st 8 lb) PositionFly Half

    Greig has been a standout performer for Scotland over the past few seasons and joins 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.

    Previous 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%

    Greig captained Scotland in the 2015 RBS Six Nations. 

    Greig Laidlaw
  • 'Aleki Lutui

    'Aleki Lutui

    DoB1978-07-01 BirthplaceTofoa Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight110 kg (17 st 4 lb) PositionHooker

    Tongan hooker Aleki is no stranger to the Aviva Premiership having spent much of his career with the Worcester Warriors.

    He moved to the Cherry and Whites ahead of the 2014-15 season to provide experience and strength-in-depth to the front row department.

    Aleki made his debut for Tonga against Georgia in 1999 and played his first club rugby for the Chiefs in Super 14, before making a move to Europe in 2006 where he signed a contract with Worcester Warriors and he made 168 appearances during his seven seasons at Sixways.

    Most recently, Aleki has been playing for Edinburgh Rugby in the Rabo Pro12 and Gloucester Rugby have secured the services of the experienced hooker ahead of the new season.

    'Aleki Lutui
  • Brendan Macken

    Brendan Macken

    DoB1991-05-19 BirthplaceDublin Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight95 kg (14 st 13 lb) PositionCentre

    Brendan joins Gloucester Rugby from Leinster in February 2015 on loan for the rest of the season.

    The 23 year old is a former Ireland U20 and Emerging Ireland cap who has played 46 times for his home province, scoring six tries.

    Brendan Macken
  • Jonny May

    Jonny May

    DoB1990-04-01 BirthplaceSwindon Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight90 kg (14 st 2 lb) PositionWing

    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 been 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.

    Jonny continued to make big strides in 2010-11, including scoring a hat trick against Rovigo in the Amlin Challenge Cup, and signed a new contract in spring 2011.

    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 May
  • Steve McColl

    Steve McColl

    DoB1988-08-16 BirthplaceDunfermline Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight98 kg (15 st 6 lb) PositionFull Back

    Steve McColl joins the club after a three-year spell with Leeds Carnegie in the Championship where he was a stand out performer at full back.

    A superb counter attacker with a thunderous boot, Steve was named in the 2013-14 Championship team of the year as well as being hailed as the ‘best full back in the division’.

    These rave reviews caught the attention of the Cherry and Whites and the services of the Scotsman were secured ahead of the 2014-15 season to add quality to the full back department alongside Rob Cook. 

    Steve McColl
  • Shane Monahan

    Shane Monahan

    DoB1987-04-28 BirthplaceDublin Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight103 kg (16 st 3 lb) PositionWing

    Capable of playing wing or centre, Shane Monahan joins Gloucester for the 2012-13 season.

    The 25 year old was a stand out performer for the Titans in 2011-12, scoring eleven tries as they finished seventh in the table.

    Also capable of appearing at outside centre, he started out at Boyne RFC and was a member of the Ireland squad that won the U20s Six Nations Grand Slam in 2007 alongside the likes of Leinster's Cian Healy and Munster's Keith Earls.

    At 6ft 2 and weighting in at over 16 stone, his physicality and eye for the try line made him a valuable addition to Gloucester's back line options, highlighted by his four try performance in the Amlin Challenge Cup win over London Irish.

    His contributions earned him a new two year contract, announced in the spring. 

    Shane Monahan
  • Ben Morgan

    Ben Morgan

    DoB1989-02-18 BirthplaceBristol Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight116 kg (18 st 3 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.

    Ben Morgan
  • Ross Moriarty

    Ross Moriarty

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

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

    A student at Hartpury College, he is capped at England U18 level.

    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.

    Ross Moriarty
  • Dan Murphy

    Dan Murphy

    DoB1985-10-27 BirthplaceRomford,Essex Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight115 kg (18 st 0 lb) PositionProp

    Dan joined Gloucester Rugby in the summer of 2010 from London Irish.

    Started his rugby career as a number eight, before a well meaning coach at St Mary's University recommended that he move into the front row!

    Murphy has been a regular in the first team squad in his first four seasons with the club, has popped up with some important tries and signed a new contract in January 2015.

    Dan Murphy
  • Tom Palmer

    Tom Palmer

    DoB1979-03-27 BirthplaceHaringey,London Height2.01 m (6' 7") Weight118 kg (18 st 8 lb) PositionLock

    Tom is a 39 time capped England international, and the vastly experienced second row moves to the Cherry and White ahead of the 2014-15 season from London Wasps.

    Leeds Tykes were the first club that Tom played for in 1997, after starting his rugby in Otago and representing New Zealand Schools whilst being brought up briefly in Kenya, Scotland and New Zealand before returning to Yorkshire and representing England Under 19 and Under 21 levels.

    Tom then joined London Wasps in 2006 and quickly became first choice lock and led the club to a Premiership and Heineken Cup double.

    In 2009, Tom joined Stade Francais for two seasons before returning to High Wycombe.

    Tom made his full debut in 2001 during the tour of North America and represented the Red Rose in Rugby World Cup 2011. 

    Tom Palmer
  • Sila Puafisi

    Sila Puafisi

    DoB1988-04-15 BirthplaceTefisi Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight122 kg (19 st 2 lb) PositionProp

    Sila, a Tongan international tight-head prop, signed for Gloucester following his country's 2013 Autumn international campaign.

    A team mate of Sione Kalamafoni and Lua Lokotui, he made his Tonga debut in 2011 in the Pacific Nations Cup against Japan.

    He joins Gloucester from Tasman Makos in New Zealand who he helped win the 2013 ITM Championship.

    Sila Puafisi
  • Dan Robson

    Dan Robson

    DoB1992-03-14 Birthplace Height1.71 m (5' 7") Weight77 kg (12 st 1 lb) PositionScrum half

    Either half back position suits Dan Robson, who wears the No 9 jersey for England and switches to the No 10 shirt for Hartpury College, where he is studying for a BTEC in Sport.

    Dan began playing at Stoke-on-Trent, his home city club, when five and he went on to captain sides there from U6 to U14. While attending Newcastle-under-Lyme High School, he led the U12 team through to U14.

    Last July he went to South Africa with England U18 and played in all three matches, starting two at scrum half, when England competed in a four team tournament there.

    Was part of the England U20 squad who won the 2011 Six Nations Grand Slam and who reached the final of the Junior World Cup. 

    2011-12 saw him start to feature more regularly in the Gloucester Rugby first team squad while he was also part of the England U20s Six Nations and Junior World Cup squads.

    Dan has become a first team regular in 2012-13, battling for the number nine jersey with Jimmy Cowan and caught the eye of the rugby media as one of the brightest prospects in English rugby.

    Was voted Season Ticket Holders Young Player of the Season for 2012-13.

    After a hugely impressive season again in 2013-14, Dan earned a call-up to the England Saxons in January 2014 and furthermore for the England Senior summer training squad ahead of the tour to New Zealand and clash with the Barbarians.

    Dan Robson
  • Jacob Rowan

    Jacob Rowan

    DoB1990-01-14 BirthplaceKeighley Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight102 kg (16 st 0 lb) PositionBack Row

    24-year-old 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 ahead of the 2014-15 season.

    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 Rowan
  • Tom Savage

    Tom Savage

    DoB1989-04-18 BirthplaceHavering Height1.98 m (6' 6") Weight114 kg (17 st 13 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.

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

    Signed a new contract prior to Christmas and also captained the side for the first time against Worcester.

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

    Tom Savage
  • Charlie Sharples

    Charlie Sharples

    DoB1989-08-17 Birthplace- Height1.83 m (6' 0") 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 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 Sharples
  • James Simpson-Daniel

    James Simpson-Daniel

    DoB1982-05-30 BirthplaceStockton-on-Tees Height1.75 m (5' 9") Weight93 kg (14 st 9 lb) PositionWing

    Sinbad joined Gloucester as a teenager and will go down as a legend of the club. His talent was clear even on his debut as he scored a superb individual try against Rotherham in 2001.

    His England chances were limited due to injuries, and although he made his debut against the All Blacks in 2002, he only won 10 caps in total. 

    The winger scored a superb try against the Barbarians early in his international career where with some deft handling and footwork he rounded Jonah Lomu in front of a packed Twickenham crowd. One of the most electric and quickest players in the modern game, he was desperately unlucky to miss out on World Cup selection in 2003 and 2007. 

    2007-8 culminated in Sinbad claiming the Guinness Premiership Player of the Season and he finished as the club's top try scorer.

    Sinbad continued to perform at a consistently high level through his testimonial season, and showed his commitment to Gloucester Rugby by signing a new contract in Spring 2011.

    Was in similarly good form in 2012-13 and 2013-14 until suffering season ending injuries, both in the month of November, against Harlequins (AC joint) and Newcastle (ankle) respectively.

    Sadly, the ankle injury proved to be too much to overcome, despite the best efforts of the Gloucester Rugby medical staff, and James sadly announced his retirement on September 2nd 2014.

    James Simpson-Daniel
  • Elliott Stooke

    Elliott Stooke

    DoB1993-09-10 BirthplaceWorcester Height1.98 m (6' 6") Weight114 kg (17 st 13 lb) PositionLock

    The former Stow-on-the-Wold junior started the 2011-12 season with England's Under-18s side, but became just the second-ever youngster to step up to the Under-20s two years young.

    Another student at Hartpury College, the future looks bright for the 6ft 6in, 114kg second row. 

    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 June.

    Elliott was a stand out player for the Cherry and Whites in 2013-14, after making his try-scoring debut in the win over Northampton Saints in September 2013, Stooke enjoyed a strong season at Kingsholm and was named as Young Player of the Season by Season Ticket holders. 

    2013-14 also saw Elliott called up to the England Saxons in January 2014 as he appeared at Kingsholm against the Irish Wolfhounds.

    Elliott Stooke
  • Aled Thomas

    Aled Thomas

    DoB1985-01-02 BirthplaceCarmarthen Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight91 kg (14 st 4 lb) PositionFly Half

    Welshman Aled Thomas joins the club after an impressive spell with Scarlets ahead of the 2014-15 season providing quality in the half back department after joining the Welsh region in 2011 following spells with Carmarthen, Dragons and London Welsh.

    A quality operator with good distribution, game management and kicking skills, Aled has the attributes to be a highly dependable of the new look squad.

    Aled was part of the Wales 7s squad that won the IRB Sevens World Cup in 2009. 

    Aled Thomas
  • Yann Thomas

    Yann Thomas

    DoB1990-04-16 BirthplaceBristol Height1.88 m (6' 2") 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 throughout 2012-13, providing valuable cover for both prop positions and signing a new contract in the spring.

    Yann Thomas
  • 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 promising 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.

    2012-13 got off to a frustrating start as Henry was sidelined with a groin injury, but returned to fitness and form in the spring. 

    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 for Bedford in 2008-09.

    His form for Bedford saw him quickly recalled by the Tigers and he has gone on to become a first team regular.

    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. 

    Billy Twelvetrees
  • Nick Wood

    Nick Wood

    DoB1983-01-09 BirthplaceSwindon Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight112 kg (17 st 8 lb) PositionProp

    Wood joined Gloucester’s academy from Radley College and fast became a first team regular.

    He has represented England at Under 21 level and Saxons level. Due to injuries, he was called into the full England touring party of South Africa and was due to start, but succumbed to an injury himself. 

    The 2007-08 and 2008-9 seasons have been Wood’s most consistent and he has been a key performer in Dean Ryan’s squad. He loves to carry ball and is an excellent scrummager. 

    He was named in the England 2009 summer squad for the matches against the Barbarians and Argentina and signed a new three year deal with the club in January 2010.

    Nick also earned selection for the England Saxons squad for the 2010 Churchill Cup.

    2010-11 saw a fantastic effort from Nick as he made more than 30 appearances for the first team and he carried this form over into 2011-12 when he was named Player of the Year by the club's supporters and shortlisted for Aviva Premiership Player of the Season.

    Celebrated a testimonial season in 2012-13 alongside team mate Alex Brown, and in the 2014-15 season is still going strong after bringing up his 250th first team appearance when he took the field against Harlequins in November 2014.

    Nick Wood