GLOUCESTER Rugby's assistant Academy manager Mark Cornwell is set to make his debut for the Barbarians in the annual Remembrance Day Match against the Combined Services at Newbury's Monks Lane ground tomorrow (Tuesday November 14 7.30pm).
Cornwell, the former Gloucester lock and now captain of the Pertemps Bees, is one of six new Barbarians who have been named in a star-studded line-up for the showpiece fixture and has passed a fitness test on his knee to take part.
Cornwell returned to action in the National League One game against London Welsh at Old Deer Park on Saturday November 11.
"I am thrilled - it's an honour to be selected for such a prestigious team as the Barbarians and I am thoroughly looking forward to it," Cornwell said.
The Barbarians side includes Irish internationals Tyrone Howe and Jonathan Bell and two former Wales internationals in fly-half Arwel Thomas and Jason Forster.
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.