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 local media this week, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
On a tough evening at Kingsholm, Gloucester could escape neither a suffocating Bath defence, nor the whistle of referee Greg Garner as six penalties and a penalty try paved the way to a 39-16 win for the visitors.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).