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
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
Speaking to the local media this week, front rower John Afoa is familiar with the challenge of Connacht from his time in Belfast, and the World Cup winner is fully aware of the challenge they pose ahead of Sunday's meeting in the Champions Cup play off
Speaking ahead of Gloucester's European Rugby Champions play-off against Connacht on Sunday (Kingsholm, 3:30pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys admitted that he's glad to have more players available than in recent weeks ahead of a tough fixture.
Nick Wood captained the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, and the experienced front rower expressed his pride in the young squad in defeat to Bath on the final day of the Aviva Premiership season.
Lewis Ludlow scored Gloucester's opening try in the 30-50 defeat at Bath on Saturday, part of an impressive performance by the young back row forward. Speaking after the game, he paid tribute to the young Gloucester side who went toe to toe with the Aviva Premiership semi-finalists.
Speaking to the local media after the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys gave an honest assessment of the game, and expressed his pride in the way his young charges had performed against the title-chasing hosts.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby scrum half Callum Braley is excited by the challenge of the West Country Derby, and the ex-Bristol man reveals the squad will be giving their all.
Gloucester Rugby is delighted to confirm that 18 year old Mat Protheroe, a product of Hartpury College and one of the brightest young talents in the English game, has signed a senior contract at Kingsholm.
At the recent London Irish game, personnel from the Imjin Barracks in Innsworth, including Gurkhas, were present, holding a collection to raise funds for ShelterBox to aid relief from the recent Nepal Earthquake Appeal.