James Forrester will skipper Gloucester's A side tonight.
JAMES FORRESTER will skipper Gloucester's Guinness A team tonight when they start their campaign away to Sale Jets.
The number eight will lead a talented side that will also include trialists Apo Satala and Joe Cava.
They will start at seven and six respectively as coach Mark Cornwell also includes winger Mark Foster and prop Alasdair Dickinson.
Freddie Burns, who joined Gloucester in the summer from Bath, gets the nod out inside centre alongside Jonny May, while Dan Norton, Tristan Roberts and Henry Trinder complete the three-quarter line-up.
Up front, Dan Williams moves into the second row and there is also a place for prop Yann Thomas.
GLOUCESTER (v Sale Jets): Dan Norton; Mark Foster, Jonny May, Freddie Burns, Henry Trinder; Tristan Roberts, Dave Lewis; Yann Thomas, Adrian Duncan, Alasdair Dickinson, Andres Pretorious, Dan Williams, Joe Cava, Apo Satala, James Forrester (capt). Reps: Chris Hall, Shaun Knight, Danny Wright, Jed Hooper, Jordi Pasqualin, Charlie Simpson-Daniel, Jack Adams.
Gloucester will continue their A League campaign away to Saracens next Monday. Their first home game will be against Leicester on Monday, September 22 (7.45), before they host Sale at home on Monday, October 6 (7.45). Their last home game will be against Saracens on Monday, January 12. Venues to be confirmed.
The West Country Challenge Cup fixture against the Exeter Chiefs at the Memorial Stadium in Bristol on Saturday (kick off 3pm) will be Gloucester's last chance to work on things like new combinations says Director of Rugby, David Humphreys.
Speaking after the 30-21 West Country Challenge Cup defeat at Bath, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke of the improvements his team are making as preseason progresses but acknowledges that there is still work to do ahead of the start of the Aviva Premiership.
Speaking to the local media ahead of Saturday's trip to Bath Rugby in the West Country Challenge Cup, front rower Nick Wood spoke of the hard work put in across the extended preseason and highlighted the competition for front row spots in the squad.
Gloucester have named a 30 man squad for the latest round of West Country Challenge Cup action against Bath on Saturday, with Director of Rugby David Humphreys stressing the need to keep an eye on player workload ahead of what will be a long, tough season.
Describing the 50-7 West Country Challenge Cup win over Bath on Sunday as a '...good hit out...', wing Charlie Sharples admitted that it had been a good opportunity to put into practice things that the squad have been trying out in training in recent weeks.
Speaking to the local media after the 50-7 victory over Bath Rugby on Sunday, David Humphreys was happy with his squad's effort, with the most important aspect being the game time earned by his players.
Gloucester make wholesale changes to the side that started at Exeter last Saturday as they prepare to take on Bath at the Memorial Stadium, Bristol on Sunday in the West Country Challenge Cup (kick off 3pm). The Director of Rugby told GRTV that the players are raring to go and that he's looking forward to seeing different combinations in action.
Speaking ahead of the West Country Challenge Cup meeting with Bath Rugby this Sunday, front rower Paddy McAllister explained how he was looking forward to running out in Cherry and White after a preseason packed full of hard work.
A late penalty from Exeter fly-half Will Hooley gave the Chiefs a narrow 33-31 West Country Challenge Cup win over a heroic Gloucester outfit in a bruising encounter at the Memorial Stadium on Saturday.
Gloucester Rugby will play their fourth and final West Country Challenge Cup fixture this weekend (Memorial Stadium, Bristol, 3pm) against the Exeter Chiefs, and have named a side featuring a host of first regulars.
On Wednesday evening, Gloucester Rugby duo Mark Atkinson and Tom Savage visited local rugby club Hardwicke and Quedgeley Harlequins RFC for the first session as part of the Gloucester Rugby in Local Clubs coaching initiative.