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.
Speaking to GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
Speaking after a last-gasp try from Exeter earned the Chiefs a 27-27 draw at Sandy Park on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted to mixed feelings. The game saw him score a try on his 200th competitive appearance for the club, but the frustration from not closing out the win was clear.
Gloucester made it two wins from two outings in this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup as they outplayed Benetton Treviso at Kingsholm to win by 37 points to 8, the bonus point try coming with the final play of the game.