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.
Speaking to the media following the 31-33 West Country Challenge Cup defeat to Exeter Chiefs at the Memorial Stadium, Director of Rugby David Humphreys was full of praise for his side's battling qualities in a bruising encounter but concerned about the injuries picked up.
The West Country Challenge Cup fixture against the Exeter Chiefs at the Memorial Stadium in Bristol on Saturday (kick off 3pm) will be Gloucester's last chance to work on things like new combinations says Director of Rugby, David Humphreys.
Speaking after the 30-21 West Country Challenge Cup defeat at Bath, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke of the improvements his team are making as preseason progresses but acknowledges that there is still work to do ahead of the start of the Aviva Premiership.
Speaking to the local media ahead of Saturday's trip to Bath Rugby in the West Country Challenge Cup, front rower Nick Wood spoke of the hard work put in across the extended preseason and highlighted the competition for front row spots in the squad.
Gloucester have named a 30 man squad for the latest round of West Country Challenge Cup action against Bath on Saturday, with Director of Rugby David Humphreys stressing the need to keep an eye on player workload ahead of what will be a long, tough season.
Describing the 50-7 West Country Challenge Cup win over Bath on Sunday as a '...good hit out...', wing Charlie Sharples admitted that it had been a good opportunity to put into practice things that the squad have been trying out in training in recent weeks.
Speaking to the local media after the 50-7 victory over Bath Rugby on Sunday, David Humphreys was happy with his squad's effort, with the most important aspect being the game time earned by his players.
Gloucester make wholesale changes to the side that started at Exeter last Saturday as they prepare to take on Bath at the Memorial Stadium, Bristol on Sunday in the West Country Challenge Cup (kick off 3pm). The Director of Rugby told GRTV that the players are raring to go and that he's looking forward to seeing different combinations in action.