Anthony Allen will be in action in the Guinness A League tonight.
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GLOUCESTER'S A team manager Mark Cornwell is able to call on a considerable pool of talent for tonight's west country derby against Bath at Kingsholm (7.30pm).
Cornwell has named Anthony Allen and Rudi Keil in the centre and they will be joined by winger Karl Pryce, full-back Jon Goodridge and scrum-half Haydn Thomas in the backline from the senior squad.
There are also places for stand-off Mark Davies and exciting winger Charlie Sharples. Up front, youngsters Jack Forster and Ross McMillan will be joined in the front row by Lydney's Paul Price, while Adam Eustace and Jonathan Pendlebury are the second rows.
In the back row, James Merriman starts at openside and Dean Miller at number eight and impressive blindisde flanker E. Uzonigwe gets a run at blinside after impressing for Pertemps Bees this season.
The replacements have yet to be finalised but they are expected to include Will James and Rob Elloway.
The match is included in the season ticket package, is £1 for under-16s and £5 for non-season ticket holders.
Gloucester-Hartpury Women take on West Park Leeds Ladies in the final of the Intermediate Cup at Royal Wootton Bassett RFC on Saturday. Rebecca de Filippo and Gemma Sharples took time out from training to preview the game.
Speaking to the local media this week, front row forward John Afoa spoke of the squad's targets for this weekend's European Rugby Challenge Cup Quarter Final with Cardiff Blues at Kingsholm. Despite taking on new opponents, the squad know the focus is on themselves to get the job done as knockout rugby kicks in.
Gloucester-Hartpury Women take on West Park Leeds Ladies in the final of the Intermediate Cup Final on Saturday. Head Coach Susie Appleby took time out to preview the game and chat about the future for the team.
Number eight Ben Morgan admitted that the 32-14 Aviva Premiership win over Bristol on Friday evening hadn't been pretty at times, but that the win was based on everyone in the squad remaining united and working for each other.
Previewing Friday evening's local derby at Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell told the local media that Gloucester's preparations have gone well and that the whole squad is united in trying to finish the season on a high.
Speaking to GRTV this week, Acting Head Coach Jonny Bell spoke of his pleasure in the efforts and intensity in training from the squad after a tricky few weeks. The team were preparing for big games with Bristol and Cardiff in coming weeks.
Willi Heinz was understandably and visibly disappointed when he spoke to GRTV after the 27-30 home defeat to Harlequins, apologising to the home support as the game slipped away after seemingly having the game under control.
In the aftermath of the Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell was able to look forward to this weekend's European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final against Cardiff Blues (Kingsholm, kick off 8:05pm).