JAKE BOER will make his return from a knee injury for Gloucester in Sunday's inaugural National Charity 10s tournament at Clifton RFC.
The South African flanker has been out of action since Gloucester's Guinness Premiership defeat against Bath in February but he hopes to form part of the Kingsholm squad alongside other senior players Marcel Garvey, Rudi Keil, Rob Thirlby, James Merriman, James Parkes, Jon Goodridge and Rob Elloway for the event in Bristol.
Gloucester are in a pool with Wasps, Harlequins and Leinster, while Bristol, Bath and the PROPS Barbarians side make up the other pool.
The pool games are 10 minutes each way and the final is 12 minutes each way. Academy manager Mark Hewitt told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk "Our aim is to take a strong squad and it would be great if Jake Boer could be part of that.
"There are a number of senior players who will take part for us and it is something we are very much looking forward to.
"I am sure clubs like Bath and Bristol will also name strong squads and although it's for the PROPS charity, we want to progress as far as we can."
The tournament starts at 12pm and the Gloucester squad is: Rob Elloway, James Parkes, James Merriman, Jake Boer, Will Matthews, Mark Davies, Brad Davies, Rudi Keil, Rob Thirlby, Marcel Garvey, Dean Miller, Dan Touhy, Pete Swatkins, Jon Goodridge, Kyle Palm, Leo Halavatau.
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