GLOUCESTER'S head coach Dean Ryan has confirmed that a number of senior players will turn out in honour of Junior Paramore at the Samoan's benefit match on Friday, August 4 (8pm).
Although the Gloucester line-up has yet to be confirmed, it is anticipated that first team stars Jake Boer, Peter Buxton and Rudi Keil will head the list of players who will make the trip to Goldington Road.
"This is not an official part of our pre-season programme but a Testimonial game in honour of a great guy," Ryan told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk.
"The Gloucester squad that will attend will contain a sprinkling of senior players - guys like Jake Boer and Peter Buxton - who have a great amount of respect for Junior because of the contribution he made to the club.
"Junior was a wonderful professional and a great person. It was a privilege to have worked with him as a coach when I first joined Gloucester and that is why these guys want to play for him.
"At this moment in time the exact line-up has not been decided but it will also include a number of younger players who will play Guinness A League rugby this season."
Paramore spent five years at Gloucester after joining the club following the 1999 World Cup. He made 97 Premiership appearances as a teak-tough number eight and crashed over for 33 tries.
The match between Junior's Blues XV and a Gloucester XV will kick-off at 8pm. Admission will be £10 for adults, £5 for juniors (under 16). The gates open at 5pm and tickets will be on sale at the gate.
There will be food outlets and bar facilities. Food will also be available at The Cricketers pub almost opposite the ground. Parking is available at a public car park just along Goldington Road on the roundabout towards the town centre.
There will be a celebration four-course dinner before the match in the marquee, 5.30 for 6pm, with guest speakers, a raffle and auction of memorabilia. The cost of £40 per head includes entry and programme. For more information on the events on the day, contact Dave Twigden (01234 270074) to book.
Speaking to the media following the 31-33 West Country Challenge Cup defeat to Exeter Chiefs at the Memorial Stadium, Director of Rugby David Humphreys was full of praise for his side's battling qualities in a bruising encounter but concerned about the injuries picked up.
The West Country Challenge Cup fixture against the Exeter Chiefs at the Memorial Stadium in Bristol on Saturday (kick off 3pm) will be Gloucester's last chance to work on things like new combinations says Director of Rugby, David Humphreys.
Speaking after the 30-21 West Country Challenge Cup defeat at Bath, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke of the improvements his team are making as preseason progresses but acknowledges that there is still work to do ahead of the start of the Aviva Premiership.
Speaking to the local media ahead of Saturday's trip to Bath Rugby in the West Country Challenge Cup, front rower Nick Wood spoke of the hard work put in across the extended preseason and highlighted the competition for front row spots in the squad.
Gloucester have named a 30 man squad for the latest round of West Country Challenge Cup action against Bath on Saturday, with Director of Rugby David Humphreys stressing the need to keep an eye on player workload ahead of what will be a long, tough season.
Describing the 50-7 West Country Challenge Cup win over Bath on Sunday as a '...good hit out...', wing Charlie Sharples admitted that it had been a good opportunity to put into practice things that the squad have been trying out in training in recent weeks.
Speaking to the local media after the 50-7 victory over Bath Rugby on Sunday, David Humphreys was happy with his squad's effort, with the most important aspect being the game time earned by his players.
Gloucester make wholesale changes to the side that started at Exeter last Saturday as they prepare to take on Bath at the Memorial Stadium, Bristol on Sunday in the West Country Challenge Cup (kick off 3pm). The Director of Rugby told GRTV that the players are raring to go and that he's looking forward to seeing different combinations in action.
A late penalty from Exeter fly-half Will Hooley gave the Chiefs a narrow 33-31 West Country Challenge Cup win over a heroic Gloucester outfit in a bruising encounter at the Memorial Stadium on Saturday.
Gloucester Rugby will play their fourth and final West Country Challenge Cup fixture this weekend (Memorial Stadium, Bristol, 3pm) against the Exeter Chiefs, and have named a side featuring a host of first regulars.
On Wednesday evening, Gloucester Rugby duo Mark Atkinson and Tom Savage visited local rugby club Hardwicke and Quedgeley Harlequins RFC for the first session as part of the Gloucester Rugby in Local Clubs coaching initiative.