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 after the 37-8 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Benetton Treviso, James Hook admitted that the Italian side made things tough for Gloucester at times but that the Cherry and Whites are happy to take the bonus point win and turn their focus to Northampton next week.
Speaking to GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
Gloucester made it two wins from two outings in this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup as they outplayed Benetton Treviso at Kingsholm to win by 37 points to 8, the bonus point try coming with the final play of the game.