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.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
After a series of contract announcements last week, hooker Richard Hibbard is the latest Gloucester Rugby player to commit to a new contract at the club and told GRTV how much he enjoys playing in the Cherry and White of Gloucester.
Talk about a game of two halves. Things looked grim on Saturday as Gloucester trailed 0-6 to Bristol at half-time. However, Matt Scott's eighth try of the season got Gloucester off and running, and the visitors fell apart as the Cherry and Whites eased to a 26-18 bonus point Aviva Premiership win.