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.
As Gloucester prepare for their 39th game of the season, against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday, David Humphreys told the local media that this week has been all about getting the players mentally and physically ready after a tough game against Connacht last Sunday.
Speaking to GRTV after the 40-32 victory over Connacht on Sunday, skipper Billy Twelvetrees explained that Gloucester had had to learn to be patient and cut out the errors to earn the win and progress to next weekend's final play-off against Bordeaux-Begles.
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
Speaking to Russ Hargreaves of Talking Rugby at Friday's launch of the Aviva Premiership Rugby and Singha 7s fixtures, Henry Trinder discussed the early stages of preseason and the campaign that lies ahead.
Premiership Rugby have this morning confirmed the order of fixtures for the 2015/16 season, and Gloucester Rugby will start their campaign at Kingston Park, taking on Newcastle Falcons on Friday 16 October, 19:45.