Gloucester Rugby have named a side that features most of the 2009-10 Academy as they get their A League campaign underway at Saracens this evening.
The team features experience in the form of Adam Eustace in the second row and a first A League outing for summer signing Paul Doran-Jones.
The Gloucester Rugby Academy is well represented by the likes of Yann Thomas, Danny Wright, Marcus Brown, Richard Jenkins, Jordi Pasqualin, Mike Wilcox, Reuben Haile, Jonny May and Charlie Simpson-Daniel.
Tonight's game takes place at the Woolam Playing Field and kicks off at 7:30pm.
Gloucester will play their first home A League game at Kingsholm against London Wasps next Monday evening (September 14th), kick off 7:30pm.
1. Yann Thomas, 2. Ben Saville, 3. Paul Doran-Jones, 4. Danny Wright, 5. Adam Eustace, 6. Mike Stubbs, 7. Marcus Brown, 8. Richard Jenkins, 9. Jordi Pasqualin, 10. Mike Wilcox, 11. Reuben Haile, 12. Luke Plumber, 13. Jonny May, 14. Charlie Simpson-Daniel, 15. Stefan Hawley
16. Shaun Knight, 17. Rupert Harden, 18. Will Foden, 19. Matt Tibbatts, 20. Sam Arnott, 21. Danny Pointon, 22. Robbie Winchell
Speaking to the local media this week, back row flanker Jacob Rowan said that he is excited for the challenge at the Ricoh Arena this Sunday, and added that the players know the responsibility is theirs to deliver against the league leaders.
Ben Morgan was on media duty this week, and as Gloucester prepare for Sunday's trip to Wasps, the number eight is looking forward to see Gloucester go toe-to-toe with another of the Aviva Premiership's front runners.
Tom Marshall scored his first Gloucester try in the 31-23 win over Saracens on Friday evening and was named Man of the Match. Talking to GRTV, he praised the forwards for setting the tone on the night.
Matt Scott was on media duty this week, and the Scottish international spoke about the benefit of having a full week of training with his club mates and the determination to get back to performing well against Saracens this Friday evening.
After the disappointment of last weekend's performance at Leicester, Director of Rugby David Humphreys told GRTV that he expects a big response from Gloucester in Friday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Saracens (kick off 7:45pm).
Gloucester battled bravely against Wasps on Sunday, but it was a case of taking chances at the Ricoh Arena. Gloucester didn't make the most of theirs while Wasps did, and that proved to be the difference.
Gloucester were competitive for long periods at the Ricoh Arena on Sunday afternoon, but were left to rue a host of missed scoring opportunities throughout as Wasps hit back to earn a 35-22 Aviva Premiership win.
Gloucester's Ciaran Knight made his first start at tighthead prop, Henry Walker made his first appearance as a second half replacement and Alex Seville also featured as England U20s might it three from three in the U20s Six Nations with a 46-0 win over Italy in Darlington on Friday night.