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 the local media this week, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
On a tough evening at Kingsholm, Gloucester could escape neither a suffocating Bath defence, nor the whistle of referee Greg Garner as six penalties and a penalty try paved the way to a 39-16 win for the visitors.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).