IF YOU think you have what it takes to keep up with Mike Tindall and Ludovic Mercier, or have ever wondered how quickly James Forrester and Mark Foster get round the field, Gloucester Rugby's 2006 Sport Relief day tomorrow at King's School is just for you.
The Guinness Premiership club were scheduled to hold an event at Kingsholm on Saturday, July 15 along with the annual Open Day but following the announcement of re-development plans of the Grandstand at Kingsholm, Gloucester will now hold the Sport Relief Mile at King's School, Archdeacon Meadow.
And the event has been backed by the senior Gloucester squad and coaching staff, who will run the mile alongside supporters to make the day one of biggest in the west country.
"We had obviously hoped Sport Relief and the Open Day would take place at Kingsholm, but it is fantastic that King's School have stepped in to ensure the event will go ahead," said Gloucester's community development manager Gary Little.
"And now the playing squad has backed the event, it should be a massive occasion. To have the chance to run a mile alongside Jake Boer and Olly Morgan - if you can keep up - does not come around too often and we obviously hope it will be a huge draw to the event.
"It is great that Dean Ryan and his squad want to get involved in this nationwide event and we believe it will be a huge success."
The event will be split into two starting times - at 11am and 12pm - and the majority of the senior playing squad will be split into two groups to complete the course.
There will also be bouncy castles and the European Challenge Cup will also be on display as Gloucester aim to host one of the biggest events in the west.
Head coach Dean Ryan told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk "Sport Relief is a nation-wide event and if we can support in some small way then I think it is fantastic. A lot of hard work has gone into making the event a success and we are right behind it.
"I am just glad the event can still go on as planned and we are all looking forward to it."
Ths entire country, including celebrities, politicians and the general public are urged to do a mile to raise money to help vulnerable people leading tough lives here in the UK, and in the poorest countries of the world.
The Gloucester Rugby Sport Relief Mile is just one of hundreds of mile events that will be taking place on Sport Relief Saturday. These events will be open to the public to ensure that the whole of the UK can Go the Extra Mile for Sport Relief.
The Sport Relief Red Sock is central to the experience of everyone taking part in the day. Each 'miler' will take part wearing one red sock, and at the finish line they'll be presented with a second to make a pair, and show the world that they've socked it to poverty.
Sport Relief merchandise includes a Fairtrade T-Shirt, a 'Roger' - the Sport Relief mascot which is the must have accessory for Summer 2006 - and the Roger pin badge. All merchandise is exclusively available at Sainsbury's and online at www.sportrelief.com .
All those people who have already registered, milers will receive information about the new start times as soon as possible. If there are any concerns, please contact Gary Little on 01452 300951.
Speaking to the local media about the local derby against Bath at the Rec on Friday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys acknowledged that it will be a tough encounter but hugely exciting at the same time and one the squad are looking forward to.
A visibly disappointed Billy Twelvetrees admitted that it was a very sombre Gloucester dressing room as a last minute try and conversion condemned the Cherry and Whites to an 18-19 defeat against Leicester Tigers on Saturday.
A disappointed Tom Savage told GRTV, after the 18-19 defeat at home to the Leicester Tigers, that the whole Gloucester team had put in a fantastic effort, but just couldn't find the extra one or two percent necessary to put away a top side.
Speaking after the narrow loss to Leicester Tigers on Saturday afternoon, David Humphreys says despite there being a lot of good in Gloucester's performance, he rued the failure to close the game out, as well as thanking the home support
Kiwi second row Jeremy Thrush is thoroughly enjoying his time in Cherry and White so far, and this weekend the Leicester Tigers are the visitors to Kingsholm, and the All Black is massively excited about the challenge.
After two wins in the European Rugby Challenge Cup, securing a home quarter-final, David Humphreys told the local media this week that Gloucester are coming into Saturday's game in good physical shape having rotated the squad. However, he and the squad are prepared for a tough encounter against the Tigers.
Speaking to GRTV after the 14-11 win in Zebre on Saturday, Bill Meakes acknowledged that Zebre had forced Gloucester to dig very deep to earn the win and made a point of thanking the tremendous travelling support.
Speaking after the 14-11 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Zebre in Parma, Scrum Coach Trevor Woodman admitted that Gloucester hadn't been at their best against a very tough opponent, but had just enough about them to earn the win.
Speaking to GRTV ahead of this weekend's trip to Zebre, scrum half Willi Heinz is expecting a tough challenge from the Guinness Pro12 outfit as the Cherry and Whites look to make it six pool stage victories.
It's almost four years since Gloucester won a Premiership game at the Rec against Bath. However, they got that monkey off their back on Friday evening with a hard-fought 15-11 win in testing conditions.
John Afoa returns to the Gloucester Rugby starting line up to take on Bath Rugby at the Rec in the Aviva Premiership on Friday evening, one of three changes to the side that started against Leicester last weekend.
Great news this afternoon as Cherry and White duo Mat Protheroe and Ollie Thorley have been named to start for England as they open up their Under 20 Six Nations campaign against Scotland in Glasgow this Friday
A number of Gloucester Rugby's Academy players will be part of a Hartpury Rugby squad which will travel to Pennyhill Park on Thursday to train with Eddie Jones' England side in their build up to take on Scotland.