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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Speaking after the 37-8 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Benetton Treviso, James Hook admitted that the Italian side made things tough for Gloucester at times but that the Cherry and Whites are happy to take the bonus point win and turn their focus to Northampton next week.
Speaking to GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
The Gloucester Rugby Half Term Rugby Camps got off to a great start on Monday morning, with over 60 young rugby players braving the chilly weather to experience a great day of skills, learning and fun thanks to the Gloucester Rugby Community Department.
A number of Gloucester Rugby's promising young players are currently playing their competitive rugby on loan at other clubs, and six of them featured in Saturday's game between London Welsh and Rotherham Titans.