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.
Fly-half Billy Burns was named Man of the Match after the 35-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup victory over Stade Rochelais on Thursday evening, and was full of praise for all his team mates for the win after a short turnaround.
Gloucester have been in good form in recent weeks, but Backs Coach Tim Taylor knows that the Cherry and Whites will have to be at their best on Thursday evening (kick off 7:45pm) against a Stade Rochelais side flying high this season.
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.
Gloucester's much changed side had to overcome conceding an early try on Thursday evening, but responded in style to down Stade Rochelais by 35 points to 14 in the European Rugby Challenge Cup and set up a mouthwatering return fixture next weekend.
After taking 11 points from their last three games in the Aviva Premiership, including bonus point wins against Wasps and Bristol, Gloucester will be looking to continue their good form when they welcome La Rochelle to Kingsholm.