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 GRTV after the 40-29 Aviva A League win over Wasps Rugby, Academy Coach Rich Whiffin explained his pride in the squad to overcome a strong opponent and book their spot in next week's Aviva A League final.
Willi Heinz returned from injury to skipper Gloucester to a famous 16-14 win over Stade Rochelais on Saturday evening. Speaking after the game in France, Heinz admitted the win wasn't pretty but was full of courage and a great result for the club.
Billy Burns contributed all Gloucester's points in the 16-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup win in La Rochelle on Saturday evening, but dedicated the victory to the whole squad whilst also praising the travelling support.
Speaking after Gloucester's brave 16-14 win against Stade Rochelais which clinches a European Rugby Challenge Cup final spot, Director of Rugby David Humphreys paid tribute to the way the team had executed the game plan in a hostile environment against quality opposition.
Greig Laidlaw returns to the Gloucester Rugby squad this week, and his inclusion is an important one after a serious ankle injury. The Scottish scrum half is determined to drive the team forward in their European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final in La Rochelle this Saturday.
Gloucester take on La Rochelle in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final in France on Saturday evening, with the Top 14 side the favourites in the eyes of the bookmakers. However, David Humphreys is looking for his side to rise to the occasion against a familiar opponent.
Speaking to GRTV after Saturday's 39-30 Aviva Premiership win over Sale, Mark Atkinson admitted that the performance wasn't perfect but that the team's character shone through in a game that could easily have slipped away.