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.
Speaking straight after the game, skipper Billy Twelvetrees told GRTV that losing at home to Bath, in front of a tremendous home support, was desperately disappointing and that the whole team were hurting in the dressing room.
Speaking to the local media this week, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
On a tough evening at Kingsholm, Gloucester could escape neither a suffocating Bath defence, nor the whistle of referee Greg Garner as six penalties and a penalty try paved the way to a 39-16 win for the visitors.