GLOUCESTER'S Dean Ryan has been named the Guinness Premiership head coach of the month for October.
Gloucester are the only unbeaten side remaining in the Guinness Premiership and on Saturday beat Saracens 21-12 at Kingsholm.
Tom Rees of Wasps was named the player of the month.
When presented with the award, Ryan said: "I am delighted to receive the Guinness Premiership award. We have built some momentum in the Guinness Premiership and our aim is to continue that to the best of our ability.
"Our win against Worcester in October was down to the team who showed tremendous resolve and maturity to earn a victory in what was undoubtedly one of the toughest away games of the season."
The voting panel chairman, Sky's Miles Harrison, said: "Dean Ryan's young Gloucester team has continued to show much promise in the early part of this Guinness Premiership season. The winning performance at Worcester in October was the perfect illustration of how these young players are fast maturing.
"Dean has been right to point out that the side is a work in progress but the voting panel also felt it was right to reward the Gloucester boss for the work he has done in helping to develop this talented set of players."
Tom Marshall scored his first Gloucester try in the 31-23 win over Saracens on Friday evening and was named Man of the Match. Talking to GRTV, he praised the forwards for setting the tone on the night.
Matt Scott was on media duty this week, and the Scottish international spoke about the benefit of having a full week of training with his club mates and the determination to get back to performing well against Saracens this Friday evening.
After the disappointment of last weekend's performance at Leicester, Director of Rugby David Humphreys told GRTV that he expects a big response from Gloucester in Friday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Saracens (kick off 7:45pm).
Gloucester travel to Tigers this Saturday in good spirits, and fly half Billy Burns is looking forward to testing himself in one of the toughest environments in the league as the Cherry and White hunt vital points as attention returns to the Aviva Premiership
After a good run of recent results, Gloucester will travel to take on Leicester in a good frame of mind according to Director of Rugby David Humphreys, but are well aware of the challenge that lies in wait.
As part of its commitment to player welfare, The Rugby Players' Association (RPA) has today officially launched #LiftTheWeight, a new campaign that aims to help remove the stigma surrounding mental health issues and offer the necessary tools and support to enable our members to enjoy a healthy and fulfilling life, both on the field and off it.