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.
Greig Laidlaw skippers the Cherry and Whites on Friday evening, when they head to Sale Sharks for the penultimate game of this season's Aviva Premiership. The Scottish half back spoke to GRTV about the challenge posed in Salford.
Previewing Friday night's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Sale Sharks, Head Coach Laurie Fisher acknowledged the fine home record that the Salford based outfit have built up this season, but is looking for Gloucester to round off their campaign on a high note.
Speaking to GRTV following the 16-9 victory over Exeter, Tom Savage felt that Gloucester needed that win after a tough few weeks and hopes that it acts as a springboard to a good end to the season for the Cherry and Whites.
A week on from '...letting down ourselves, the jersey and the supporters...', skipper Greig Laidlaw was full of praise for his team mates following the 16-9 Aviva Premiership win over Exeter Chiefs at Kingsholm on Friday evening.
With Gloucester looking to bounce back after exiting the European Rugby Challenge Cup last Saturday, Director of Rugby David Humphreys told the local media that the visit of Exeter Chiefs on Friday evening (kick off 7:45pm) will be a big test of character for the Cherry and Whites.
Rob Cook couldn't hide his disappointment when he spoke to GRTV following the 21-23 defeat at home to Newport Gwent Dragons on Saturday, stating that Gloucester simply hadn't been good enough on the day as their reign as European Rugby Challenge Cup holders comes to an end.
Four penalties from the boot of skipper Greig Laidlaw were just enough to see Gloucester dog out a tense 12-11 win at Sale on Friday evening and thwart the home team's attempts to finish the season unbeaten at home.
Thirteen years on from Gloucester Rugby's famous Powergen Cup victory over Northampton at Twickenham, many of the players and management from that side are gathering once more to recreate that famous day.