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.
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.
After a series of contract announcements last week, hooker Richard Hibbard is the latest Gloucester Rugby player to commit to a new contract at the club and told GRTV how much he enjoys playing in the Cherry and White of Gloucester.
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.