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, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
On a tough evening at Kingsholm, Gloucester could escape neither a suffocating Bath defence, nor the whistle of referee Greg Garner as six penalties and a penalty try paved the way to a 39-16 win for the visitors.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).