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 local media this week, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).