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.
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