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.
Speaking with the local media before the Gloucester team set off on the long trip north to Newcastle, Director of Rugby David Humphreys discussed his team selection and stated that Friday night's meeting will be a challenging one.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, Matt Kvesic was looking forward to the trip to Newcastle Falcons, and the captain is looking to lead from the front with plenty for the Cherry and Whites to work on.
Gloucester saw a 12-0 lead overturned by Harlequins on Friday night as the visitors ran out 22-15 winners. After the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke about missed opportunities on the night.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, James Hudson explained his excitement for tonight's game with Harlequins and that he is backing the Cherry and White squad to impress during the next set of Aviva Premiership games.
Despite a dream start at Kingston Park, scoring a try after just 26 seconds, Gloucester couldn't capitalise against a dogged Newcastle Falcons side. Too many penalties were conceded and too many errors made as the Falcons prevailed 20-10.
There are three changes to Gloucester Rugby's starting line-up for Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Newcastle Falcons. Steve McColl will make his first Premiership start for the club.