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.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
After a series of contract announcements last week, hooker Richard Hibbard is the latest Gloucester Rugby player to commit to a new contract at the club and told GRTV how much he enjoys playing in the Cherry and White of Gloucester.
Talk about a game of two halves. Things looked grim on Saturday as Gloucester trailed 0-6 to Bristol at half-time. However, Matt Scott's eighth try of the season got Gloucester off and running, and the visitors fell apart as the Cherry and Whites eased to a 26-18 bonus point Aviva Premiership win.