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 after the 37-8 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Benetton Treviso, James Hook admitted that the Italian side made things tough for Gloucester at times but that the Cherry and Whites are happy to take the bonus point win and turn their focus to Northampton next week.
Speaking to GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
The Gloucester Rugby Half Term Rugby Camps got off to a great start on Monday morning, with over 60 young rugby players braving the chilly weather to experience a great day of skills, learning and fun thanks to the Gloucester Rugby Community Department.
A number of Gloucester Rugby's promising young players are currently playing their competitive rugby on loan at other clubs, and six of them featured in Saturday's game between London Welsh and Rotherham Titans.