GLOUCESTER'S Ryan Lamb and Richard Cockerill have picked up the first two monthly Guinness Premiership awards, and in doing so will be asked to select two schools in their local area to receive free kit from Gilbert Rugby.
For every award this season the winner in each category will nominate a school to receive a full set of rugby kit from Official Ball Supplier to the Guinness Premiership, Gilbert Rugby.
Ryan Lamb has been named Guinness Premiership player of the month for September, after helping his side Gloucester Rugby to the top of the Guinness Premiership after three rounds, having won all of their matches.
Lamb leads the league for points scored, having scored 46 points in his three matches, including scoring one try and contributing 23 points in his teams 31-38 win over Saracens in round two.
Richard Cockerill has been named Guinness Premiership Coach of the month for September, a month that has seen his side win all three of their Guinness Premiership matches despite having a large number of players on World Cup duty, including five with England.
Leicester Tigers sit second in the Guinness Premiership table with 12 points, two behind leaders Gloucester Rugby.
The awards are selected by a different set of rugby journalists throughout the season. This month, Sky Sports analyst and former Sale and England scrum half, Dewi Morris headed the panel and said:
"Of all the players over the first three rounds, Ryan Lamb has been the one who has done it week in and week out.
"Gloucester Rugby lead the league and that is down in no small part to Lamb's natural, impish skills. He is a breath of fresh air as far as this league is concerned and I am sure that his range of skills and his spirit of adventure will be rewarded in due course with international selection.
"Richard Cockerill has helped Leicester Tigers off to a great start, winning a match against Bristol Rugby on their patch, a home match against traditional rivals Bath Rugby and then going down to Wycombe to steal the points off London Wasps in their first meeting since Wasps won the Heineken Cup.
"Leicester Tigers have always had a great attitude and a tradition of winning and Cockerill has helped them continue that despite being without so many key players".
Ryan Lamb and Richard Cockerill have each been asked to nominate their school and the lucky winning schools will be announced shortly.
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.
Speaking to the local media this week, Scottish centre Matt Scott spoke of the squad's determination to put in a big home performance against Harlequins, with vital points up for grabs in the hunt for a Top Six spot this Saturday (KO 3pm)
Looking ahead to Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Harlequins (kick off 3pm), Head Coach Laurie Fisher told the local media that Gloucester will need to be on top of their game in a match which has big implications in terms of top six ambitions.
A big few days for the Gloucester-Hartpury Women side. First came the news that the team will compete in Women's Super Rugby next season, and on Saturday the team will play Worcester Ladies IIs at Kingsholm. Centre Hannah Jones and wing Michelle Ruddock spoke to GRTV this week to reflect on events.
Missing so many starters, and up against a team fighting for their Premiership existence, Gloucester did what had to be done at Ashton Gate on Friday evening battling their way to a 32-14 Aviva Premiership win over Bristol Rugby.