ENGLAND scrum-half Peter Richards will be the key man for Gloucester tomorrow when they aim to retain the Coral.co.uk Middlesex Sevens title at Twickenham.
The Kingsholm club claimed the title by beating Wasps last season and Richards will lead the squad tomorrow. He will be joined by fellow scrum-halves Rory Lawson and Haydn Thomas, number 10 Ryan Lamb, sevens specialist Luke Narraway, Rob Elloway and Adam Eustace.
The squad is made up of three Hartpury College students - full-back Pete Swatkins, utility back Dan Norton and Lydney winger Tom Jarvis. Jamie Blackie is a winger from Gloucester university. The squad is completed by 16-year-old Charlie Sharples, who scored a hat-trick for St Peter's School in the Daily Mail Under-19 final last season.
Rob Thirlby, who has represented England at sevens, is recovering from a slight neck injury and is a non-playing coach. Gloucester are in the same pool as Harlequins and Sale.
SQUAD: Pete Richards, Rory Lawson, Haydn Thomas, Rob Elloway, Luke Narraway, Adam Eustace, Ryan Lamb, Pete Swatkins, Dan Norton, Tom Jarvis, Jamie Blackie, Charlie Sharples.
After his last ditch try clinched the 42-40 Aviva Premiership victory over Newcastle at Kingsholm on Saturday, Billy Burns told GRTV that all the Gloucester team deserve credit for hanging in there against a Falcons team who really made life tough for the Cherry and Whites.
Speaking ahead of Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Newcastle Falcons (kick off 3pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys emphasised the importance this weekend of Gloucester building on last week's impressive home victory against the Exeter Chiefs.
Speaking to the assembled national and local media, try-scorer Jonny May was delighted and relieved to have tasted victory on Saturday evening, and is looking forward to the European Rugby Challenge Cup final.
Tom Savage delivered a Man of the Match performance against Exeter Chiefs on his birthday on Saturday evening. He spoke to GRTV after the game about the importance of the European Rugby Challenge Cup win.
Speaking to the local media this week, John Afoa described the hard work that the Cherry and White have been putting in and that he is fighting fit ready for Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final clash with Exeter Chiefs.
Gloucester Rugby face Exeter Chiefs this Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final, and Charlie Sharples, who starts at full back is relishing the challenge of the big Kingsholm occasion.
Gloucester Rugby return to Aviva Premiership action against the Newcastle Falcons on Saturday (Kingsholm, kick off 3pm), and make several changes to the side that defeated Exeter Chiefs at home last weekend.