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)
Speaking after the game, Charlie Sharples described it as 'the win that has eluded us.' The winger stressed that Gloucester had stayed positive after the first couple of weeks of the Aviva Premiership season and the 26-13 victory over Sale was a result of that focus.
Gloucester Rugby picked up their first win of the new Aviva Premiership season on Friday night, easing to a 26-13 win on the road at Sale Sharks. Director of Rugby David Humphreys was full of praise for his players on the night.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell was on media duties ahead of the Aviva Premiership fixture at Sale Sharks on Friday evening, and spoke about where Gloucester find themselves in terms of their form at the moment as well as how he's viewing their defensive displays so far.
Callum Braley, who skippered Gloucester United to a 22-19 Aviva Premiership A League win over Saracens Storm on Monday evening, paid tribute to his forwards and the younger players in what he described as not the prettiest of wins.
Henry Purdy was the man in the right place at the right time as he touched down to score a vital try in the 23-23 Aviva Premiership draw at Worcester on Friday. After the game, he spoke to GRTV about the frustrating inconsistency in Gloucester's game at the moment.
A desperately disappointing afternoon for Gloucester who, despite dominating possession and territory, were guilty of failing to make the most of it against a resolute Newcastle defence before the visitors pounced to snatch the win in the second half.
Mariano Galarza and Ross Moriarty are both back from injury as Gloucester entertain the Newcastle Falcons at Kingsholm in the Aviva Premiership (Saturday, kick off 3pm). Willi Heinz will skipper the side from scrum-half.