GLOUCESTER Rugby's squad for the 2007/08 season is now complete and below is the composition of the squad, split into forwards and backs.
The players that have joined the club, alongside the Academy players for the forthcoming season, are listed below. Beneath that are the players who have left the club in the close season.
PLAYERS IN: Lesley Vainikolo (Bradford Bulls), Jeremy Paul (ACT Brumbies), Leon Lloyd (Leicester Tigers), Chris Paterson, Alasdair Dickinson, Alasdair Strokosch (all Edinburgh), Andy Titterrell (Sale Sharks), Gareth Delve (Bath), Akapusi Qera (Pertemps Bees), Gareth Cooper (Dragons), Ali James (Newbury), Mike Prendergast (Bourgoin).
ACADEMY IN: Mark Davies (stand-off), Dave Lewis (scrum-half), Dan Norton (wing), Charlie Sharples (wing), Henry Trinder (centre), Dan Williams (Back row).
PLAYERS OUT: Terry Sigley (tbc), Mefin Davies (Leicester), Rob Elloway (Cornish Pirates), Adam Eustace (Llanelli), Dean Miller (Cinderford), Jake Boer (tbc), James Merriman (Neath), Brad Davies (Plymouth Albion), Peter Richards (London Irish), Haydn Thomas (Bristol), Rob Thirlby (Redruth), Rudi Keil (Sale Sharks), Jon Goodridge (Leeds).
FORWARDS: Olivier Azam (hooker), Adam Balding (back row), Peter Buxton (back row), Marco Bortolami (lock), Alex Brown (lock), Christian Califano (prop), Patrice Collazo (prop), Gareth Delve (back row), Alasdair Dickinson (prop), James Forrester (back row), Jack Forster (prop), Andy Hazell (back row), Will James (lock), Ross McMillan (hooker), Luke Narraway (back row), Carlos Nieto (prop), Jeremy Paul (hooker), Jonathan Pendlebury (lock), Akapusi Qera (back row), Alasdair Strokosch (back row), Andy Titterrell (hooker), Dan Tuohy (lock), Nick Wood (prop).
BACKS: Jack Adams (centre), Anthony Allen (centre), James Bailey (wing), Iain Balshaw (wing/full-back), Gareth Cooper (scrum-half), Mark Foster (wing), Ali James (centre), Ryan Lamb (stand-off), Rory Lawson (scrum-half), Leon Lloyd (centre/wing), Ludovic Mercier (stand-off), Olly Morgan (full-back), Chris Paterson (full-back/wing/stand-off), Mike Prendergast (scrum-half), Karl Pryce (wing), James Simpson-Daniel (wing), Mike Tindall (centre), Lesley Vainikolo (wing), Willie Walker (stand-off/full-back).
Fly-half Billy Burns was named Man of the Match after the 35-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup victory over Stade Rochelais on Thursday evening, and was full of praise for all his team mates for the win after a short turnaround.
Gloucester have been in good form in recent weeks, but Backs Coach Tim Taylor knows that the Cherry and Whites will have to be at their best on Thursday evening (kick off 7:45pm) against a Stade Rochelais side flying high this season.
Speaking to GRTV after the bonus point win over Bristol, back row Lewis Ludlow revealed that despite a tricky first half, Gloucester backed their skills to come through, a faith that was evident in a strong second half showing.
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
Gloucester's much changed side had to overcome conceding an early try on Thursday evening, but responded in style to down Stade Rochelais by 35 points to 14 in the European Rugby Challenge Cup and set up a mouthwatering return fixture next weekend.
After taking 11 points from their last three games in the Aviva Premiership, including bonus point wins against Wasps and Bristol, Gloucester will be looking to continue their good form when they welcome La Rochelle to Kingsholm.