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)
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