Over the course of two trial evenings recently, around 140 players from the North of the County were nominated by their club or school to be trialled for the U15 Developing Player Programme.
The evenings consisted of strength and conditioning assessments, decision-making games, skills activities and full contact games. All are designed to allow every player the opportunity to showcase their ability in front of the coaching team and selectors.
After long discussions the Gloucester Rugby Academy in conjunction with the Gloucestershire RFU would like to announce the following 40 players have been selected for the 2014/15 U15 programme:
Ollie Adkins, Josh Allaway, Jack Bartlett, Dominic Biss, Ryan Brookes, Ethan Butterfield, Marty Cummings, Matteo Cutrupi, Ewan Dangerfield, James Davies, Reece Dunn, Charlie Dyke, Finn Elliott, Ewan Fenley, Declan Fissenden, Ed Harvey, Toby Hitchins, Dan Hodgin, John Holiday, Fraser Holroyd, Iwan Hughes, Luke Jones, Harry Lightfoot, Callum McDowell, Charlie McVicker, Jamie Mee, Jacob Morris, Josh Pimlott, Josh Powell, Brad Priest, Sam Ratu, Kyrel Reynolds, William Robb, Ethan Saville, Will Smith, Tom Stanton, Max Taylor-Baggs, Cameron Terry, JJ Tonks, Reece Turner-Walsh
The programme that begins on Monday 21st July has been designed to develop the players alongside their school/club rugby, and build towards the prestigious Harrow Festival where the RFU Academies come together to compete against one another.
Players within the programme, as well as those in the North of the County that are not currently included in the programme, are continuously monitored by the academy staff throughout the season, and may be given individual "work on" targets to complete with their school/club. As players develop at different rates, players can be invited into or exited from the programme.
Tom Marshall scored his first Gloucester try in the 31-23 win over Saracens on Friday evening and was named Man of the Match. Talking to GRTV, he praised the forwards for setting the tone on the night.
Matt Scott was on media duty this week, and the Scottish international spoke about the benefit of having a full week of training with his club mates and the determination to get back to performing well against Saracens this Friday evening.
After the disappointment of last weekend's performance at Leicester, Director of Rugby David Humphreys told GRTV that he expects a big response from Gloucester in Friday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Saracens (kick off 7:45pm).
Gloucester travel to Tigers this Saturday in good spirits, and fly half Billy Burns is looking forward to testing himself in one of the toughest environments in the league as the Cherry and White hunt vital points as attention returns to the Aviva Premiership
After a good run of recent results, Gloucester will travel to take on Leicester in a good frame of mind according to Director of Rugby David Humphreys, but are well aware of the challenge that lies in wait.
As part of its commitment to player welfare, The Rugby Players' Association (RPA) has today officially launched #LiftTheWeight, a new campaign that aims to help remove the stigma surrounding mental health issues and offer the necessary tools and support to enable our members to enjoy a healthy and fulfilling life, both on the field and off it.