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."
Speaking with the local media before the Gloucester team set off on the long trip north to Newcastle, Director of Rugby David Humphreys discussed his team selection and stated that Friday night's meeting will be a challenging one.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, Matt Kvesic was looking forward to the trip to Newcastle Falcons, and the captain is looking to lead from the front with plenty for the Cherry and Whites to work on.
Gloucester saw a 12-0 lead overturned by Harlequins on Friday night as the visitors ran out 22-15 winners. After the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke about missed opportunities on the night.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, James Hudson explained his excitement for tonight's game with Harlequins and that he is backing the Cherry and White squad to impress during the next set of Aviva Premiership games.
Despite a dream start at Kingston Park, scoring a try after just 26 seconds, Gloucester couldn't capitalise against a dogged Newcastle Falcons side. Too many penalties were conceded and too many errors made as the Falcons prevailed 20-10.
There are three changes to Gloucester Rugby's starting line-up for Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Newcastle Falcons. Steve McColl will make his first Premiership start for the club.