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.
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
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Gloucester return to European Rugby Challenge Cup action on Thursday evening with the visit of Stade Rochelais to Kingsholm (kick off 7:45pm). Early Bird ticket prices are available until 6:30pm on matchday.
Talk about a game of two halves. Things looked grim on Saturday as Gloucester trailed 0-6 to Bristol at half-time. However, Matt Scott's eighth try of the season got Gloucester off and running, and the visitors fell apart as the Cherry and Whites eased to a 26-18 bonus point Aviva Premiership win.