Gloucester Rugby Community: Aviva Schools Festival
The Aviva Schools rugby programme drew to a close with a festival held at All Saints Academy in Cheltenham.
During the past year the Gloucester Rugby Community team have visited 50 schools as part of the Aviva Schools programme, providing grassroots coaching for 1000's of primary school children. At the end of each term schools are invited to take part in a cluster festival.
Community Coaches Jake Meloscia and Terry Fanolua said:
"The Aviva programme is a great way to introduce the game of rugby to young players. The kids taking part have shown some great skills and there will definitely be some promising talent from this group to look out for in the future!"
After a closely contested tournament the two schools that came away victorious were Beeches Green and Upton St Leonards who drew in the final to share the honours. Other schools who took part in this festival were Coney Hill, North Cerney, Siddington, Bishops Cleeve and St Lawrence Primary school.
Gloucester have been in good form in recent weeks, but Backs Coach Tim Taylor knows that the Cherry and Whites will have to be at their best on Thursday evening (kick off 7:45pm) against a Stade Rochelais side flying high this season.
Speaking to GRTV after the bonus point win over Bristol, back row Lewis Ludlow revealed that despite a tricky first half, Gloucester backed their skills to come through, a faith that was evident in a strong second half showing.
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
After taking 11 points from their last three games in the Aviva Premiership, including bonus point wins against Wasps and Bristol, Gloucester will be looking to continue their good form when they welcome La Rochelle to Kingsholm.
Having named an unchanged starting XV for the past three Aviva Premiership games, Gloucester Rugby ring the changes and retain only five players for Thursday's visit of Stade Rochelais in the European Rugby Challenge Cup (kick off 7:45pm).