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.
Gloucester travel to Oyonnax for the second round of the European Rugby Challenge Cup on Saturday evening, and Director of Rugby David Humphreys is expecting a big test from the French side, feeling that their league position doesn't reflect their recent performances.
Speaking exclusively to Gloucester Rugby TV, Matt Kvesic explained that his decision to extend his contract at Kingsholm was a simple one and that he was hugely excited for the future in Cherry and White.
Speaking after the 55-0 win over CA Brive, Jonny May told GRTV that he's delighted that the team's hard work is starting to pay dividends but was equally happy for his friend and team mate, Charlie Sharples, on what was a big night for his fellow winger.
Speaking to the local media this week, David Humphreys insisted that Gloucester are looking forward to kicking off the new European Rugby Challenge Cup against Brive on Thursday evening, although an unfamiliar opponent and a five day turnaround will pose a challenge.