SIMON AMOR and Henry Paul have been selected for the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.
The Team England rugby sevens squad will be captained by Amor and he will be joined by play-maker Paul. Both players have represented England at the last Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002.
The 15-player travelling squad will leave for Australia on Sunday 5th March, but will be reduced to a final 12-man squad prior to the start of the tournament on 16th March.
Speaking on his selection, captain Amor said, "I am absolutely thrilled to be given this chance. The Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002 was one of the highlights of my career but losing there was also one of the most disappointing moments of my life.
"I am really looking forward to having the chance to go to Australia, make up for the loss four years ago and do everything we can to bring back the gold medal for England."
England Sevens Coach Mike Friday looks to Amor's experience to help the youngsters in the squad. "Simon is a fantastic leader and inspirational captain. He knows exactly what is expected of him and the other players on the big occasions and works brilliantly with the youngsters. Simon played a key part in the last Commonwealth Games and I am glad that I can rely on Simon both on and off the field."
Paul is an experienced sevens player and in Simon's absence he recently captained the England Sevens team to victory in Los Angeles Sevens. Speaking on his selection Henry said, "I am so pleased to have been named in the squad.
"The Manchester Games was a great experience and I can't wait to get to Melbourne and hopefully be involved again. I love playing sevens and am really enjoying being part of this England Sevens squad. There is a great team atmosphere and everyone is gunning for one of the 12 spots on offer."
Mike Friday says of Henry, "I will be looking to Henry's experience and his ability to play a key role in this squad. If he can offer the leadership and the performance he showed in Los Angeles recently then I am sure Henry will have a big say come the Games in a couple of weeks."
Speaking ahead of Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Newcastle Falcons (kick off 3pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys emphasised the importance this weekend of Gloucester building on last week's impressive home victory against the Exeter Chiefs.
Speaking to the assembled national and local media, try-scorer Jonny May was delighted and relieved to have tasted victory on Saturday evening, and is looking forward to the European Rugby Challenge Cup final.
Tom Savage delivered a Man of the Match performance against Exeter Chiefs on his birthday on Saturday evening. He spoke to GRTV after the game about the importance of the European Rugby Challenge Cup win.
Speaking to the local media this week, John Afoa described the hard work that the Cherry and White have been putting in and that he is fighting fit ready for Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final clash with Exeter Chiefs.
Gloucester Rugby face Exeter Chiefs this Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final, and Charlie Sharples, who starts at full back is relishing the challenge of the big Kingsholm occasion.
Gloucester meet the Exeter Chiefs for the fourth time in competitive action this weekend, this time in the semi-final of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. Director of Rugby David Humphreys told the local media this week that this is the sort of game that Gloucester want to be involved in on a regular basis and that he and his team are looking forward to it.
Following the 29-26 loss to Harlequins, club captain Billy Twelvetrees spoke of his disappointment that the Cherry and Whites were unable to cash in on the home side's indiscipline and lose a lead on Saturday afternoon.
Gloucester Rugby return to Aviva Premiership action against the Newcastle Falcons on Saturday (Kingsholm, kick off 3pm), and make several changes to the side that defeated Exeter Chiefs at home last weekend.