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.
Following the 48-10 Aviva Premiership win over London Welsh on Saturday, Dan Murphy praised his team mates for battling right up to the very last minute in difficult conditions and maintaining the momentum that the team have built in 2015.
Henry Purdy scored two memorable tries against London Welsh at Kingsholm on Saturday, and attributed the first one to hard work on the training ground before describing how much he's enjoying playing his rugby alongside friends like Callum Braley.
Gloucester face London Welsh for the third time this season when they meet at Kingsholm in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday (kick off 3pm), but Director of Rugby David Humphreys insists his team are prepared for a tough game against the Exiles.
Billy Burns was a late call up to the Gloucester team that lost narrowly to the Leicester Tigers at Welford Road on Friday evening and, speaking to GRTV post match, was full of praise for his team-mates but admitted that defeat was tough to take.
Speaking after what he described as an 'arm wrestle' up front, skipper Tom Savage couldn't fault his side's effort and commitment on the night at Welford Road but insisted that his side will keep on battling, starting at home to London Welsh next weekend.
A number of the Gloucester Rugby squad this week benefitted from an initiative organised by Circle 2 Success (C2S) and the Rugby Players Association (RPA) to help players develop their business planning skills.