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).
Speaking to the local media this week, front rower John Afoa is familiar with the challenge of Connacht from his time in Belfast, and the World Cup winner is fully aware of the challenge they pose ahead of Sunday's meeting in the Champions Cup play off
Speaking ahead of Gloucester's European Rugby Champions play-off against Connacht on Sunday (Kingsholm, 3:30pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys admitted that he's glad to have more players available than in recent weeks ahead of a tough fixture.
Nick Wood captained the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, and the experienced front rower expressed his pride in the young squad in defeat to Bath on the final day of the Aviva Premiership season.
Lewis Ludlow scored Gloucester's opening try in the 30-50 defeat at Bath on Saturday, part of an impressive performance by the young back row forward. Speaking after the game, he paid tribute to the young Gloucester side who went toe to toe with the Aviva Premiership semi-finalists.
Speaking to the local media after the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys gave an honest assessment of the game, and expressed his pride in the way his young charges had performed against the title-chasing hosts.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby scrum half Callum Braley is excited by the challenge of the West Country Derby, and the ex-Bristol man reveals the squad will be giving their all.
Speaking to the local media this week, David Humphreys admitted that team selection for Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at Bath has not been an easy one, with numerous players ruled out due to injury and suspension. However, he pledged that whoever is wearing the Cherry and White will be 100% committed to fighting until the very last minute.
Speaking to GRTV after the 35-13 Aviva Premiership victory over London Irish, Tom Savage praised his team mates for sticking to their game plan and showing real character to clinch an impressive win despite only playing with 14 men for nearly an hour.
With Connacht Rugby the visitors to Kingsholm on Sunday (kick off 3:30pm) for Sunday's European Rugby Champions Cup play-off, Gloucester ring the changes from the side that took the field against Bath last weekend.
Matt Kvesic was a double winner at the Gloucester Rugby End of Season Awards Dinner on Tuesday, coupled with being named in the England Rugby training squad and the 23-year old is delighted with how his campaign has gone.
Gloucester Rugby held their End of Season Dinner at the Centaur at Cheltenham Racecourse this week. Amongst all the awards, Thinus Delport interviewed James Hook, Laurie Fisher, Charlie Sharples and Billy Twelvetrees.