Patrice Collazo will skipper Gloucester's A side tonight
PATRICE COLLAZO will skipper Gloucester's Guinness A League side against London Irish tonight (7.45pm).
The prop will line-up alongside a number of senior players when Mark Cornwell's side face Irish at Kingsholm. Collazo will be joined in the front row by Christian Califano and hooker Ross McMillan, Dan Tuohy and Jonathan Pendlebury will pair up in the second row and there will be an opportunity for Dan Williams at number eight.
In the backs, Mike Prendergast will start at scrum-half, Mark Foster will start at outside centre and James Bailey at full-back. There will also be a chance to see England Under-20s prospect Dan Norton on the wing.
The game is included in the season ticket package and will be £5 for adults and £1 for juniors.
Speaking after the game, Charlie Sharples described it as 'the win that has eluded us.' The winger stressed that Gloucester had stayed positive after the first couple of weeks of the Aviva Premiership season and the 26-13 victory over Sale was a result of that focus.
Gloucester Rugby picked up their first win of the new Aviva Premiership season on Friday night, easing to a 26-13 win on the road at Sale Sharks. Director of Rugby David Humphreys was full of praise for his players on the night.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell was on media duties ahead of the Aviva Premiership fixture at Sale Sharks on Friday evening, and spoke about where Gloucester find themselves in terms of their form at the moment as well as how he's viewing their defensive displays so far.
Callum Braley, who skippered Gloucester United to a 22-19 Aviva Premiership A League win over Saracens Storm on Monday evening, paid tribute to his forwards and the younger players in what he described as not the prettiest of wins.
Tickets for Saturday's Aviva Premiership game against Bath Rugby in both the Stowford Press Terrace and also The Shed are now in short supply, although a number of returns from the visitors have just gone back on sale.
A desperately disappointing afternoon for Gloucester who, despite dominating possession and territory, were guilty of failing to make the most of it against a resolute Newcastle defence before the visitors pounced to snatch the win in the second half.