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 ahead of Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Newcastle Falcons (kick off 3pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys emphasised the importance this weekend of Gloucester building on last week's impressive home victory against the Exeter Chiefs.
Speaking to the assembled national and local media, try-scorer Jonny May was delighted and relieved to have tasted victory on Saturday evening, and is looking forward to the European Rugby Challenge Cup final.
Tom Savage delivered a Man of the Match performance against Exeter Chiefs on his birthday on Saturday evening. He spoke to GRTV after the game about the importance of the European Rugby Challenge Cup win.
Speaking to the local media this week, John Afoa described the hard work that the Cherry and White have been putting in and that he is fighting fit ready for Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final clash with Exeter Chiefs.
Gloucester Rugby face Exeter Chiefs this Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final, and Charlie Sharples, who starts at full back is relishing the challenge of the big Kingsholm occasion.
Gloucester meet the Exeter Chiefs for the fourth time in competitive action this weekend, this time in the semi-final of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. Director of Rugby David Humphreys told the local media this week that this is the sort of game that Gloucester want to be involved in on a regular basis and that he and his team are looking forward to it.
Following the 29-26 loss to Harlequins, club captain Billy Twelvetrees spoke of his disappointment that the Cherry and Whites were unable to cash in on the home side's indiscipline and lose a lead on Saturday afternoon.
Number eight Gareth Evans admitted to a collective feeling of frustration as Gloucester lost narrowly at Harlequins on Saturday, but insisted that there are plenty of positives to draw upon ahead of next Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Exeter.
Gloucester Rugby return to Aviva Premiership action against the Newcastle Falcons on Saturday (Kingsholm, kick off 3pm), and make several changes to the side that defeated Exeter Chiefs at home last weekend.
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