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.
Speaking to GRTV after the bonus point win over Bristol, back row Lewis Ludlow revealed that despite a tricky first half, Gloucester backed their skills to come through, a faith that was evident in a strong second half showing.
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
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 centre Billy Twelvetrees praised his side's character after their comeback win against Bristol on Saturday. The Cherry and Whites overcame a 6-0 half time deficit to eventually win the game 26-18 and secure a bonus point victory.
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