Players & Coaches Index : Senior Squad | Coaching Staff

  • Jonny Bentley

    Jonny Bentley

    DoB1986-07-01 BirthplaceUpper Hutt Height1.70 m (5' 7") Weight78 kg (12 st 4 lb) PositionFly Half

    Fly half Jonny Bentley joined Gloucester Rugby ahead of the 2013-14 season.

    The 26 year old, New Zealand born player, had spent the last four seasons with the Cornish Pirates.

    He followed the same path as his former Pirates team mate, Rob Cook, who made the move to Gloucester 12 months ago earlier.

    Bentley is a skilful, ball playing fly half but injury restricted his playing opportunities in the early part of the season, and he moved to Leeds Carnegie on loan in February.

    Jonny Bentley
  • Koree Britton

    Koree Britton

    DoB1992-03-04 BirthplaceTorquay Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight113 kg (17 st 11 lb) PositionHooker

    A former player with Exeter Chiefs from the U10 age group to Colts, he first laced up his boots at the age of four at Dartmouth RFC.

    His range of representative honours spans England U20s, England U18s, England U16A, Devon U15 and U16, the South West U16-18 and Gloucestershire U18 and he has also been a member of successful sevens sides.

    Playing the abbreviated game illustrated his versatility that is also reflected in his initial days as a centre before moving to prop and then to hooker.

    As befits someone born in Torquay on the South Devon coast, Koree enjoys fishing and water sports.

    Was part of the England U20 squad who won the 2011 Six Nations Grand Slam and the 2012 Six Nations title.

    Was also a member of the 2011 and 2012 England U20 Junior World Cup squads.

    Koree's been a regular in the first team squad in 2012-13, and shown a liking for scoring close range tries!

    Koree Britton
  • Freddie Burns

    Freddie Burns

    DoB1990-05-13 BirthplaceBath Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight88 kg (13 st 12 lb) PositionFly Half

    Freddie joined the Gloucester Rugby Academy from local rivals Bath and first caught the eye in Andy Hazell's Testimonial game in preseason in summer 2009.

    Came to prominence in the autumn of that season and quickly displayed an aptitude for scoring key tries as well as establishing himself as a solid goal kicker.

    Went to Argentina in June 2010 as part of the England U20s Junior World Cup squad.

    Returned to make 16 starts in the Gloucester first XV in 2010-11, alternating between full back and fly half.

    Freddie was a fixture at fly half in 2011-12, scoring almost 300 points. He signed a new contract in Spring 2012, earned England Saxons selection as well as being named Aviva Premiership Player of the Month for February.

    2012-13 was one to remember. Another Player of the Month award was earned and he won his first full England cap as a replacement against New Zealand.

    Freddie maintained his good club form, and his 240 Aviva Premiership points with the boot saw him awarded the Gilbert Golden Boot award.

    He was selected for England's summer tour of Argentina and started both Tests.

    Freddie Burns
  • Rob Cook

    Rob Cook

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

    28 year old Rob Cook joins 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.

    Rob Cook
  • Jimmy Cowan

    Jimmy Cowan

    DoB1982-03-06 BirthplaceGore Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight92 kg (14 st 6 lb) PositionScrum Half

    World Cup winner Jimmy Cowan joined Gloucester Rugby on a two year contract from 2012-13.

    At international level, he won more than 50 caps for New Zealand and was part of the 2011 Rugby World Cup squad, making four appearances in the tournament.

    30 year old Cowan was a regular at Super Rugby Level with the Highlanders since 2003 and a member of the All Black squad since 2004.

    He has long been regarded as an influential figure in the Highlanders side and was named captain in 2009.

    He made his 100th Super Rugby appearance for the Highlanders against the Stormers, a feat only previously achieved by Anton Oliver.

    He played his provincial rugby for the Southland Stags and passed 100 appearances for the Stags before he joined Gloucester, in the process achieving a notable 50/ 100/ 100 milestone.

    Jimmy made a fine start to his career with Gloucester before suffering a  season ending knee injury at the end of January away at Northampton.

    Jimmy Cowan
  • Matt Cox

    Matt Cox

    DoB1988-03-06 BirthplaceRedditch Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight98 kg (15 st 5 lb) PositionBack Row

    Back row forward Matt Cox joined Gloucester Rugby from Worcester Warriors in the summer of 2010.

    A product of the Worcester Academy, Cox made his England Under 19 debut as a 17 year old in 2006 before going on to help his country win the Home Unions Under 18s tournament.

    He then appeared at open side for England in the successful 2008 U20 Six Nations campaign, starting all five games and scoring two tries, was part of the Junior World Cup squad that same year and has also played England Sevens.

    All all action flanker, Matt played a key part in two of Gloucester's tries of the season in 2010-11, Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu's in the LV= Cup Final and Andy Hazell's at Leicester Tigers.

    Saw regular action across the back row in 2011-12 and signed a new contract in the spring.
     

    Matt Cox
  • 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 continues to be regular in 2012-13, impressing with his work rate and ability in the tight.

    Darren Dawidiuk
  • Huia Edmonds

    Huia Edmonds

    DoB1981-10-20 BirthplaceAshburton Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight103 kg (16 st 3 lb) PositionHooker

    Australian international hooker Huia Edmonds joins Gloucester Rugby ahead of the 2012-13 season.

    Edmonds was actually born in New Zealand but his international career has been in the gold of Australia who he has represented at Schoolboy, U19, U21 and Wallaby level.

    In addition to his international caps, he possesses significant Super Rugby experience having played for the Waratahs, Stormers and, most recently, the Brumbies.

    He made his Test debut against Fiji in June 2010 and was strongly tipped to make the Wallabies squad for the 2011 Rugby World Cup only to be ruled out with a foot injury.

    Huia has quickly become a favourite at Kingsholm, catching the eye with his expansive style of play until suffering a season ending knee injury away at Sale.

    Huia Edmonds
  • 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, moves up to the first team squad for 2012-13.

    Capable of playing blindside flanker or number eight, he has been a regular in the A League side and scored a notable try in James Simpson-Daniel's Testimonial game against Russia.

    2012-13 has seen Gareth gain some valuable first team experience, including in the Amlin Challenge Cup.

    Gareth Evans
  • Dan George

    Dan George

    DoB1986-08-10 BirthplaceSwansea Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight105 kg (16 st 7 lb) PositionHooker

    Hooker Dan George joined Gloucester Rugby ahead of the 2013-14 season.

    The 26 year old hooker is well known to Nigel Davies having previously played for Carmarthen Quins RFC, Llanelli RFC and the Scarlets before joining London Welsh.

    He has also represented Wales at Under 16, 18, 19 and under 21 levels, captaining Wales U19s during the IRB World Championships in South Africa in 2005.

    He enjoyed two spells with the Exiles and made 11 appearances in the Aviva Premiership last season, including starting both games against Gloucester.

    Dan George
  • Rupert Harden

    Rupert Harden

    DoB1985-05-09 BirthplaceMelbourne Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight122 kg (19 st 2 lb) PositionProp

    Formerly part of the Newcastle Falcons Academy, tighthead Harden spent 2008-9 with National League 2 side Tynedale where he had spent time on loan.

    The 23-year-old Australian-born prop mixed his youth between London, Rugby School and Cumbria and represented England Counties.

    He caught the eye of the Gloucester coaching set up whilst playing against Cinderford.

    Rupert benefitted from the club's dual registration scheme with Moseley in 2009-10 but also featured in the Gloucester Rugby first team squad on occasion and signed a new contract in Spring 2010.

    Started to feature more and more frequently as the 2010-11 season progressed and was named by Carl Hogg as the most improved forward at the end of season awards dinner.

    2011-12 saw Rupert establish himself as the first choice tight head and he earned England Saxons selection as well as signing a new contract with the club.

    Rupert was again been a fixture at tight head throughout 2012-13 until suffering a season ending knee injury away at Bath.

    Rupert Harden
  • Andy Hazell

    Andy Hazell

    DoB1978-04-25 BirthplaceGloucester Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight95 kg (14 st 12 lb) PositionBack Row

    The longest serving player in the current squad, Hazell is a huge hitting openside flanker with years of top-flight Premiership experience.

    After making his debut in 1997, he began to cement his place at openside flanker and, without numerous injuries in 2002-03 & 2003-04, seasons he would have continued to heighten his claims for further international honors. He won 7 England caps in total.

    He combines raw pace and instinct on the ground to make him one of the most difficult players to play against.

    Despite being the No 7 at Gloucester since he began his career, Hazell found equally impressive rivals for the shirt over the years in the likes of Fijians Akapusi Qera and Apo Satala.

    His loyal service to the club was rewarded when he was granted a benefit for the 2008-9 season. 

    He was named in Sky TV's Dream Team of the year in 2007 and runner up in Community Player of the Season in 2008-9.

    Hazey's commitment to his training and playing never wavered, but he finally had to announce his retirement in February 2014 having made well over 250 competitive appearances for the club.

    His 17 seasons with one club in the professional area is unique and may never be matched.

    Andy Hazell
  • 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
  • Will James

    Will James

    DoB1976-12-22 BirthplacePlymouth Height1.98 m (6' 6") Weight120 kg (18 st 12 lb) PositionLock

    The Welsh international second row joined Gloucester for the 2006-7 season from Cornish Pirates. 
     
    He was included in Warren Gatland’s 2008 Six Nations squad and Gareth Jenkins’ World Cup Squad. 

    At 6ft 6in he has become a crucial member of the Gloucester squad thanks to his work-rate, fitness and physicality.

    As a front jumper, James also combines his line-out contribution with power at the scrum and ball carrying qualities.

    Will signed a 2 year contract extension in January 2010 and enjoyed a typically solid season in 2010-11, making 21 appearances.

    2011-12 saw him feature regularly again and he put pen to paper on a new contract in the spring, while 2012-13 has really seen him step up to the plate particularly following the loss of Alex Brown to injury.

    Will James
  • 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
  • Tavis Knoyle

    Tavis Knoyle

    DoB1990-06-02 BirthplaceGlynneath Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight91 kg (14 st 4 lb) PositionScrum Half

    22 year old scrum half scrum half Knoyle joined Gloucester in the summer of 2013 from Welsh region the Scarlets.

    He recently featured in the Wales Sevens squad competing in the Scotland leg of the World Sevens Series, and toured Japan with the full international side.

    Knoyle was a member of the Wales squad during their successful Six Nations campaign this year, and was also part of the Wales squad that competed in Rugby World Cup 2011.

    Having started out at Glynneath, he played for both Neath RFC and Llanelli RFC before making one appearance for the Ospreys.

    However, it is at the Scarlets that Knoyle really made his name, developing into an international calibre player under the guidance of current Gloucester Director of Rugby, Nigel Davies.

    Tavis Knoyle
  • Matt Kvesic

    Matt Kvesic

    DoB1992-04-14 BirthplaceIserlohn Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight104 kg (16 st 5 lb) PositionBack Row

    Openside flanker Kvesic moves 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 has 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.

    Matt Kvesic
  • Lua Lokotui

    Lua Lokotui

    DoB1979-12-31 BirthplaceAuckland Height1.96 m (6' 5") Weight115 kg (18 st 1 lb) PositionLock / Flanker

    Tongan international lock Lua Lokotui joined Glouceter Rugby in December 2012.

    32 year old Lokotui, an international team mate of Gloucester back rower Sione Kalamafoni, was most recently seen in this country on Tonga’s recent autumn tour when he scored one of the tries in the win over Scotland.

    A member of Tonga’s 2011 Rugby World Cup squad, he’s no stranger to the European club game, having enjoyed a spell with Stade Francais.

    He then spent time playing in Japan before representing the Wellington Lions in New Zealand’s ITM Cup.

    Has quickly settled in to life at Gloucester Rugby, and been a key contributor throughout the spring.

    Lua Lokotui
  • Jonny May

    Jonny May

    DoB1990-04-01 BirthplaceSwindon Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight90 kg (14 st 2 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 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 has arguably been a breakthrough season for Jonny as he has become a first team regular, been 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.

    Jonny May
  • Ryan Mills

    Ryan Mills

    DoB1992-05-30 BirthplaceExeter Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight98 kg (15 st 6 lb) PositionCentre

    Twelve years with Exeter Chiefs from the age of five guided Ryan Mills, the Hartpury College captain in 2009-10, towards higher achievements with Gloucester, along with a place in the England U18 side and now the U20 squad.

    His debut at that level was against Wales at Parc y Scarlets in February and scored one of England’s six tries in the 46-15 win over Ireland that clinched a Grand Slam.

    As an academy player, he trained with the Cherry & Whites’ first team squad and has studied for a BTEC in rugby.

    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 has seen regular involvement with the first team squad and he hit the headlines with a matchwinning penalty at Bath.

    Also featured in the England U20s 2012 Six Nations squad and Junior World Cup squad. 

    Underwent knee surgery in the summer of 2012, and had to work his way back to fitness over a long period, but returned to play a key role in the first team in the spring of 2013.

    Ryan Mills
  • Tim Molenaar

    Tim Molenaar

    DoB1981-02-19 BirthplaceMasterton Height1.91 m (6' 3") Weight106 kg (16 st 9 lb) PositionCentre

    Tim joined Gloucester Rugby from Championship side Nottingham Rugby in August 2009.

    He played in over 100 league games for Nottingham from January 2005 onwards.

    At 6ft 2" and weighing in at over 17 stones, he provides a physical presence in the Gloucester midfield and quickly become a first team regular.

    In February 2010, he had the honour of becoming the first player sponsored by ShedWeb and extended his contract with the club in June 2010.

    Tim was a regular feature in the Gloucester midfield in 2010-11 and picked up an LV= Cup winners medal against Newcastle.

    2011-12 got off to a tough start as he tore a pectoral muscle in preseason but returned to action in the New Year and signed a new contract with the club.

    Tim had limited first team opportunities in the opening months of the 2013-14 season, and was released from his contract to join Harlequins until the end of the season.

    Tim Molenaar
  • 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, who turned 23 in February, 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 has gone 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 has enjoyed a fine first RBS Six Nations.

    Ben fitted in quickly at the club he supported as a boy and helped form a powerful back row unit alongside the likes of Kalamafoni and Qera.

    Very much impressed with ball in hand, and scored a memorable hat trick against London Welsh in the LV= Cup.

    Ben maintained his place in the England side until suffering an ankle injury but biunced back in style for Gloucester towards the end of the season.

    Ben Morgan
  • Olly Morgan

    Olly Morgan

    DoB1985-11-03 BirthplaceLondon Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight94 kg (14 st 10 lb) PositionFull Back

    The talented full-back, a former pupil at Millfield, signed his first professional contract with Gloucester in 2004.

    Morgan represented England at Under 19 level and during the 2007 Six Nations Championship made his debut against Scotland at full-back and later made a second appearance against Ireland.

    His ability under the high ball and his gain line breaking were two of his very best attributes. He made the number 15 shirt his own in 2008-9, and was named in Sky Sports Dream Team for 2008-9.

    Olly was named in the England 2009 summer squad for the matches against the Barbarians and Argentina and played a major part in Gloucester's 2010-11 campaign, picking up an LV= Cup winners medal.

    Was enjoying a fine 2011-12 season for Gloucester and signed a new contract in November before a knee injury suffered against Worcester in January 2012 ended his season early. 

    Olly battled courageously to try and overcome the injury but, sadly, had to announce his retirement from professional rugby in October 2013.

    Olly Morgan
  • 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!

    The 26 year old was a regular feature in the Gloucester first team squad throughout 2011-12, making more than 20 appearances.

    2012-13 has seen him feature even more regularly in the first team squad, and he has also shown an eye for the try line, scoring three tries to date.

    Dan signed a new two year contract with the club in the spring.

    Dan Murphy
  • 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
  • Akapusi Qera

    Akapusi Qera

    DoB1984-04-24 BirthplaceSuva Height1.93 m (6' 4") Weight112 kg (17 st 8 lb) PositionBack Row

    The Fijian openside signed from Pertemps Bees after the World Cup, where he made a considerable impression and put in many man of the match performances.

    In his last season at Pertemps he scored a mammoth 16 tries in National League 1. 

    His fantastic footwork and counter-attacking rugby helped Fiji reach the quarter finals of the World Cup. During his debut season at Gloucester he continued his devastating try-scoring record by adding a total of 8 in 22 appearances. 

    Towards the latter of that season, he really established himself as Gloucester’s No7 and was shortlisted for the Guinness Premiership Player of the Season, losing out to team-mate James Simpson-Daniel.

    Suffered a serious knee injury playing for Fiji in summer 2008 which kept him out of Gloucester action until March but his game-breaking qualities, monstrous tackling power and eye for the try line have marked him out as a real star for the future.

    Qera's fine form throughout the early part of 2009-10 caught the eye and the Fijian extended his contract in January 2010. His form was acknowledged when he was named as Player of the Year at the club's End of Season dinner in May 2010.

    He also played a massive part in Gloucester's 2010-11 campaign, shone in the Rugby World Cup for Fiji  and agreed a new contract with Gloucester in spring 2012.

    Q had another stellar season in 2012-13, and was shortlisted for Aviva Premiership Player of the Season.

    Akapusi's stay at Gloucester came to an end in December 2013, when he asked to be released early from his contract in order to move to Stade Toulousain.

    Akapusi Qera
  • 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.

    Dan Robson
  • Tom Savage

    Tom Savage

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

    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 was named captain of Gloucester Rugby ahead of the 2013-14 season.

    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.

    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 is fast-becoming a legend of the club. His talent was clear on his debut as he scored a superb individual try against Rotherham in 2001.

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

    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. 

    Simpson-Daniel is one of the most electric and quickest players in the modern game and was desperately unlucky to miss out on World Cup selection in 2007. 

    2007-8 culminated in Sinbad claiming the Guinness Premiership Player of the Season and helping Gloucester to the Heineken Cup quarter-finals.

    His game-breaking qualities, pace and eye for a gap have marked him down as one of the best players in the country a fact he emphasized in 2009-10 as he finished as the club's top try scorer.

    Sinbad continued to perform at a consistently high level, 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 until suffering a season ending shoulder injury away at Harlequins in November.

    James Simpson-Daniel
  • Tim Taylor

    Tim Taylor

    DoB1982-10-04 BirthplaceDerby Height1.78 m (5' 10") Weight90 kg (14 st 2 lb) PositionFly Half

    Tim, a former England U21 international and product of the Leicester Tigers Academy, joined from Nottingham on loan until the end of the 2009-10 season.

    An accomplished and composed fly half, he made 45 starts for Nottingham scoring 239 points.

    Earlier in his career, spent time in New Zealand playing alongside Rico Gear for Nelson Bay as well deputising for Dan Carter at the Crusaders. Also spent some time at Saracens as cover for the injured Glen Jackson.

    Tim's excellent start to his Gloucester career was highlighted by his matchwinning kick away at Harlequins in the LV=Cup and he signed a two year contract with the club in the spring.

    Tim was a regular feature in the 2010-11 matchday squad and picked up an LV= Cup winners medal in March.

    2011-12 was disrupted by a dislocated thumb in the Heineken Cup against Connacht but signed a new contract in the spring.

    2012-13 was also cut short, as a knee injury ruled him out after only 4 appearances.

    Tim Taylor
  • Martyn Thomas

    Martyn Thomas

    DoB1987-04-24 BirthplaceLlandeilo Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight86 kg (13 st 7 lb) PositionFull Back

    Full back Thomas moved to Gloucester Rugby from the Dragons in the summer of 2012.

    The 25 year old Carmarthen born full back joined the Dragons from the Scarlets during the 2006-7 season and has gone on to make more than 80 appearances for the Gwent based side.

    He has been capped at Sevens level by Wales and has built a reputation as an attacking threat with ball in hand who is also solid in defence with a good kicking game.

    Martyn was regular in the matchday squad throughout 2012-13 and aided Nigel Davies' selection options with his ability to cover wing and full back.

    Martyn signed a new contract to stay at Kingsholm in July 2013 and marked this by captaining the side to the JP Morgan Premiership 7s title in August 2013

    Martyn Thomas
  • Yann Thomas

    Yann Thomas

    DoB1990-04-16 BirthplaceBristol Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight120 kg (18 st 12 lb) PositionProp

    The 20 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
  • Mike Tindall

    Mike Tindall

    DoB1978-10-18 BirthplaceOtley Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight102 kg (16 st 0 lb) PositionCentre

    The World Cup winning centre has become one of Gloucester’s most influential and consistent performers during his time with the Kingsholm club.

    His hard tackling and strong runs have added a physical dimension to Gloucester’s midfield, having been signed from West Country rivals Bath. 

    Injury ruined Tins’ chances of helping England retain the 2007 World Cup and this delayed his start to the Guinness Premiership.

    He also suffered the same fate during the Six Nations by receiving a sickening blow to his liver in England’s opening Six Nations game against Wales. 

    His leadership credentials are huge and Mike was one of Gloucester's joint club captains in 2009-10.

    He returned to the England squad for the last game of the 2010 RBS Six Nations and was selected to tour Australia and New Zealand in the summer.

    Tins was Gloucester's club captain in 2010-11 and also captained England in the 2011 RBS Six Nations although an ankle injury suffered against Scotland ended his club and country campaign prematurely.

    Represented his country again in Rugby World Cup 2011 before returning to don the Cherry and White of Gloucester again.

    Mike signed a new contract with the club in June 2012 as a player/ backs coach under new Director of Rugby Nigel Davies.

    He has continued to play a key role in the Gloucester back line throughout 2012-13 as well as developing his coaching skills.

    Mike Tindall
  • 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 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.

    Nick Wood
  • Thomas Young

    Thomas Young

    DoB1992-05-18 BirthplaceAberdare Height1.80 m (5' 11") Weight98 kg (15 st 6 lb) PositionFlanker

    Son of former Wales international and current London Wasps Director of Rugby, Dai Young, Thomas joined Gloucester Rugby from the Cardiff Blues in January 2014.

    With the Blues since leaving school, he was a regular in the Welsh age grade set up playing at U16 and U18 level, and represented the U20 side in the Junior World Championship in Italy in 2011.

    He made his Cardiff Blues senior debut against Bath Rugby in 2010, in a 29-19 defeat in the LV= Cup.

    Thomas Young