Gloucester stars, both past and present, will be lacing up their boots this Sunday for a one-off game as part of Mark Cornwell's testimonial year.
Mark Cornwell's XV will be taking on Andy Deacon's XV at Longlevens RFC on Sunday 20 March (kick off 3pm, activities start at 1.30pm).
Pasty's (Mark Cornwell) team is set to include Thinus Delport, James Simpson-Daniel, Terry Fanolua, current Quins coach Paul Turner, Chris Fortey's twin and Worcester prop Lee Fortey, Kevin Dunn, Richard Ward, Junior Paramore, Mike Teague and Nathan Carter. Pete Glanville will also make an appearance on the replacements bench.
Andy Deacon's team will contain the likes of Marcel Garvey, Robert Todd, Tom Beim, Mark Mapletoft, Tony Windo, Rob Fidler, Dave Simms, Kingsley Jones, Don Caskie and Byron Hayward.
There will also be guest appearances on one of the sides from Jake Boer, Adam Balding, Brad Davies, Phil Greening, Will Matthews and Olly Morgan. Phil Vickery will be taking place kicks for both sides.
There will be a special matchday programme available at the event to commemorate the game, and of course for collecting autographs. Supporters wishing to attend can turn up on the day, when activities will start at 1.30pm (children's coaching).
The game is one of the first events of Cornwell's testimonial year, and will be followed by many other activities, including a gala boxing evening, British Lions breakfasts and a testimonial game in August at Kingsholm.
As well as the big game at 3pm, there will also be coaching for children (from 1.30pm), a bar, BBQ, live music, and a raffle and auction of rugby memorabilia on the day.
(From the M5)
- Leave the M5 at J11
- Follow signs to Gloucester (first exit at roundabout)
- Carry on to dual carriageway towards Gloucester
- Go straight over the roundabout towards Longlevens
- At the second set of traffic lights turn right into Church Road
- Go over the mini-roundabout and follow the road to the traffic lights
- Go straight over the lights at the crossroads, and Longlevens RFC is 500 yards on the right (Longford Lane - the club is situated next to Milestones School)
Gloucester look to build upon the local derby win over Bath last weekend with Harlequins the visitors to Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 3pm). Director of Rugby David Humphreys is expecting a close game with the two teams well matched, although it may not be a 78 point thriller like the last time the two teams met.
Named Man of the Match by BT Sport, scrum-half Willi Heinz said after the 15-11 win at Bath on Friday evening that it was a pretty happy Gloucester dressing room and reward for a lot of hard work put in during the week leading up to the game.
Speaking after the 15-11 win over Bath at the Rec on Friday evening, David Humphreys heaped praise on his players, pointing out how they had bounced back after last week's tough defeat to overcome a rough start before controlling the game and earning the win.
Gloucester Rugby hooker Richard Hibbard spoke to the local media this week as the Cherry and Whites prepare to face Bath Rugby in the Aviva Premiership. The Welshman is ready to bounce back at The Rec.
Speaking to the local media about the local derby against Bath at the Rec on Friday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys acknowledged that it will be a tough encounter but hugely exciting at the same time and one the squad are looking forward to.
A visibly disappointed Billy Twelvetrees admitted that it was a very sombre Gloucester dressing room as a last minute try and conversion condemned the Cherry and Whites to an 18-19 defeat against Leicester Tigers on Saturday.
A disappointed Tom Savage told GRTV, after the 18-19 defeat at home to the Leicester Tigers, that the whole Gloucester team had put in a fantastic effort, but just couldn't find the extra one or two percent necessary to put away a top side.
Speaking after the narrow loss to Leicester Tigers on Saturday afternoon, David Humphreys says despite there being a lot of good in Gloucester's performance, he rued the failure to close the game out, as well as thanking the home support
After a disappointing opening weekend loss to their Scottish counterparts, England U20s will be eager to bounce back in Italy this evening, with Gloucester flyer Mat Protheroe set to pull the strings from fly half.
Gloucester Rugby make just the one change to the starting line up that won at Bath last Friday evening, flanker Matt Kvesic restored to the starting XV as the Cherry and Whites welcome Harlequins to Kingsholm in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday (kick off 3pm).
The Early Bird deadline for ticket purchases for the Aviva Premiership fixture against Harlequins on Saturday will expire at 6:30pm on Thursday evening, with tickets already limited for one area of Kingsholm.