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.
Gloucester will field a reshuffled side against the Ospreys in the LV= Cup this weekend, but Backs & Attack Coach Nick Walshe stressed that it's a great opportunity for everyone on duty on Saturday and that maintaining the recent winning run is very important.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees told GRTV after the win in Brive that the game could have been a tough one to get up for, but that his Gloucester team mates did themselves proud on the night and got a big result.
Reflecting on the 31-20 victory in Brive on Thursday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys said that clinching a home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final was the overall aim and duly achieved.
Gloucester may have already clinched a home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys wants his side to finish the pool stages on a winning note in Brive on Thursday evening.
Speaking after Saturday's win, James Hudson was happy to record a bonus-point win against a hugely physical Oyonnax side as Gloucester secured their passage into the European Rugby Challenge Cup Quarter Finals
Billy Burns was a try scorer on his first European start for Gloucester and, speaking after the game, admitted that it was good to get the five points although there are still things to work on before the trip to Brive.
Gloucester Rugby have added to their front row strength in depth for next season with the signings of Paul Doran-Jones, Paddy McAllister and Nicky Thomas from Harlequins, Aurillac and the Ospreys respectively.