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).
Tom Marshall scored his first Gloucester try in the 31-23 win over Saracens on Friday evening and was named Man of the Match. Talking to GRTV, he praised the forwards for setting the tone on the night.
Matt Scott was on media duty this week, and the Scottish international spoke about the benefit of having a full week of training with his club mates and the determination to get back to performing well against Saracens this Friday evening.
After the disappointment of last weekend's performance at Leicester, Director of Rugby David Humphreys told GRTV that he expects a big response from Gloucester in Friday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Saracens (kick off 7:45pm).
Gloucester travel to Tigers this Saturday in good spirits, and fly half Billy Burns is looking forward to testing himself in one of the toughest environments in the league as the Cherry and White hunt vital points as attention returns to the Aviva Premiership
After a good run of recent results, Gloucester will travel to take on Leicester in a good frame of mind according to Director of Rugby David Humphreys, but are well aware of the challenge that lies in wait.
Sunday saw Gloucester Rugby host the Land Rover Cup at Dean Close School in Cheltenham, and it was Tewkesbury and Old Pats who will represent the club at Twickenham in the U11s and U12s categories respectively.
As part of its commitment to player welfare, The Rugby Players' Association (RPA) has today officially launched #LiftTheWeight, a new campaign that aims to help remove the stigma surrounding mental health issues and offer the necessary tools and support to enable our members to enjoy a healthy and fulfilling life, both on the field and off it.