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 media following the 31-33 West Country Challenge Cup defeat to Exeter Chiefs at the Memorial Stadium, Director of Rugby David Humphreys was full of praise for his side's battling qualities in a bruising encounter but concerned about the injuries picked up.
The West Country Challenge Cup fixture against the Exeter Chiefs at the Memorial Stadium in Bristol on Saturday (kick off 3pm) will be Gloucester's last chance to work on things like new combinations says Director of Rugby, David Humphreys.
Speaking after the 30-21 West Country Challenge Cup defeat at Bath, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke of the improvements his team are making as preseason progresses but acknowledges that there is still work to do ahead of the start of the Aviva Premiership.
Speaking to the local media ahead of Saturday's trip to Bath Rugby in the West Country Challenge Cup, front rower Nick Wood spoke of the hard work put in across the extended preseason and highlighted the competition for front row spots in the squad.
Gloucester have named a 30 man squad for the latest round of West Country Challenge Cup action against Bath on Saturday, with Director of Rugby David Humphreys stressing the need to keep an eye on player workload ahead of what will be a long, tough season.
Describing the 50-7 West Country Challenge Cup win over Bath on Sunday as a '...good hit out...', wing Charlie Sharples admitted that it had been a good opportunity to put into practice things that the squad have been trying out in training in recent weeks.
Speaking to the local media after the 50-7 victory over Bath Rugby on Sunday, David Humphreys was happy with his squad's effort, with the most important aspect being the game time earned by his players.
Gloucester make wholesale changes to the side that started at Exeter last Saturday as they prepare to take on Bath at the Memorial Stadium, Bristol on Sunday in the West Country Challenge Cup (kick off 3pm). The Director of Rugby told GRTV that the players are raring to go and that he's looking forward to seeing different combinations in action.