GLOUCESTER'S tear-away flanker Jake Boer has appealed to the conscience of the Kingsholm faithful to come out and support Mark Cornwell's Testimonial match.
The former club skipper and one of the most instantly recognisable and respected members of the Gloucester squad, the back row forward has told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk that Cornwell represents the soul of the club.
Gloucester will face Viadana at Kingsholm next Friday, August 26 - a game that is not free to season ticket holders - to complete their pre-season preparations in a fixture that represents the pinnacle of Cornwell's year of celebrations.
And Boer said: "I would ask supporters to take five minutes of their time to think about and appreciate what Mark has done for the club. Gloucester is a place where rugby means everything and that is why I hope they are aware of the importance of the game.
"Mark is a man who has given his body and soul to the game and Gloucester and that needs to be recognised by the fans. "To stay in any job for 10 years is an achievement but to stay at the same club as a professional rugby player for a decade is remarkable. He is a loyal servant and it's an admirable thing to have done.
"He has also bridged the gap between amateurism and professionalism and that has proved just how successful he has been - I hope people recognise that and come to the game."
Cornwell is only Gloucester's second ever player to be granted a Testimonial, following in the footsteps of legendary prop Andy Deacon, who became the first ever the year before he retired. With Deacon's retirement and Chris Fortey's switch to Worcester, the number of Gloucester-born players within Dean Ryan's squad is dwindling.
Only Cornwell, Adam Eustace, Jack Adams, Brad Davies, Ryan Lamb and Andy Hazell are from the city, which makes the achievement even more remarkable.
"I have played a lot of games with Mark and although his banter can get a bit annoying at times, he brings a tremendous spirit to the squad," Boer added.
"Hopefully he will be appreciated in his game - it's what he deserves."
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Gareth Evans was a first half replacement for the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, but the back rower's impressive carrying kept the hosts on the front foot when they needed it most to snatch a dramatic comeback win.
After his last ditch try clinched the 42-40 Aviva Premiership victory over Newcastle at Kingsholm on Saturday, Billy Burns told GRTV that all the Gloucester team deserve credit for hanging in there against a Falcons team who really made life tough for the Cherry and Whites.
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 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.