The official Gloucester website rounds up the latest from Gloucester's Academy, with the final two games of the Zurich 'A' League campaign confirmed, and details from a recent development fixture.
The Gloucester 'A' team return to Zurich 'A' action on Monday 28 March away at London Irish. The game kicks off at 7.30pm at their Sunbury-on-Thames ground.
The final fixture of the second team season is at home to Saracens on Monday 4 April at Kingsholm (kick off 7.30pm). This game was scheduled for earlier in the season, but was postponed, and will now be played on the Monday before the home Premiership game against Leeds Tykes.
A Gloucester XV was in action at the weekend against Worcester, and ran out 27-17 winners. The team was a selection of first team squad members, young Academy players and a number of trialists.
Gloucester took a 6-5 half time lead after two penalties from Rory Teague. The young Gloucester side took control in the second period, with tries from Ryan Lamb (2) and Mark Foster, and six more points from Teague's kicking.
Commenting on www.gloucesterrugbyclub.com Academy manager Carl Douglas said: "It was a fiercely contested game up front between two well-matched packs."
Worcester, who started with young stars Clive Stuart-Smith and James Percival in the team, edged to within three points mid-way through the second half, before Lamb's second touchdown sealed the win.
"When we played the ball out wide we looked dangerous, but we still missed two clear scoring opportunities just before half time," added Douglas.
15. Rory Teague, 14. Pete Swatkins, 13. Mark Foster, 12. Jack Adams, 11. Tom Arscott (Ivybridge College), 10. Brad Davies, 9. Ryan Lamb, 1. James Tideswell, 2. Ed Shirvington, 3. Kevin Moran, 4. Jonathan Pendlebury, 5. Dan Toohey (Weston super Mare), 6. Dean Miller (St Peter's School), 7. Tom Rawlings, 8. Luke Narraway.
"With two more games to go in the 'A' League there's still a couple more chances for some of the young stars to show their potential.
"The final game of the season against Saracens at Kingsholm is a great chance for supporters to get behind the young guys, and we're hoping for some good support."
Entrance to the Saracens game on 4 April is FREE to season ticket holders. For non-season ticket holders prices are £5.00 adults and concessions and £3 for U16s. Car parking is £2 in the main stadium car park and will be on a first come first served basis.
Speaking to the local media this week, David Humphreys insisted that Gloucester are looking forward to kicking off the new European Rugby Challenge Cup against Brive on Thursday evening, although an unfamiliar opponent and a five day turnaround will pose a challenge.
Director of Rugby David Humphreys felt that his Gloucester side put themselves in a position to put Saracens under real pressure at Allianz Park on Saturday, praising his team's commitment and defence, while admitting that a lack of accuracy hit their chances in the second half.
Speaking to the local media at Allianz Park, Tom Savage was disappointed after the defeat at Saracens, but claimed Gloucester did plenty of good things and could've taken more than a losing bonus point.
In case you missed it, there was plenty of activity on the official Gloucester Rugby website following the 55-0 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over CA Brive, including a number of post match video interviews.
The Cherry and Whites ran in six tries in beating CA Brive 55-0 on Thursday night. An emphatic second half performance saw the hosts run in five tries to get the European campaign off to a flying start.
Gloucester took their time to go through the gears in Thursday's European Rugby Challenge Cup opener but turned on the style in the second half to emerge 55-0 winners and get their campaign off to a winning start.