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.
Previewing Friday evening's local derby at Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell told the local media that Gloucester's preparations have gone well and that the whole squad is united in trying to finish the season on a high.
Speaking to GRTV this week, Acting Head Coach Jonny Bell spoke of his pleasure in the efforts and intensity in training from the squad after a tricky few weeks. The team were preparing for big games with Bristol and Cardiff in coming weeks.
Willi Heinz was understandably and visibly disappointed when he spoke to GRTV after the 27-30 home defeat to Harlequins, apologising to the home support as the game slipped away after seemingly having the game under control.
Speaking to the local media this week, Scottish centre Matt Scott spoke of the squad's determination to put in a big home performance against Harlequins, with vital points up for grabs in the hunt for a Top Six spot this Saturday (KO 3pm)
Looking ahead to Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Harlequins (kick off 3pm), Head Coach Laurie Fisher told the local media that Gloucester will need to be on top of their game in a match which has big implications in terms of top six ambitions.
A big few days for the Gloucester-Hartpury Women side. First came the news that the team will compete in Women's Super Rugby next season, and on Saturday the team will play Worcester Ladies IIs at Kingsholm. Centre Hannah Jones and wing Michelle Ruddock spoke to GRTV this week to reflect on events.
Missing so many starters, and up against a team fighting for their Premiership existence, Gloucester did what had to be done at Ashton Gate on Friday evening battling their way to a 32-14 Aviva Premiership win over Bristol Rugby.