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.
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.