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 GRTV after the 40-29 Aviva A League win over Wasps Rugby, Academy Coach Rich Whiffin explained his pride in the squad to overcome a strong opponent and book their spot in next week's Aviva A League final.
Willi Heinz returned from injury to skipper Gloucester to a famous 16-14 win over Stade Rochelais on Saturday evening. Speaking after the game in France, Heinz admitted the win wasn't pretty but was full of courage and a great result for the club.
Billy Burns contributed all Gloucester's points in the 16-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup win in La Rochelle on Saturday evening, but dedicated the victory to the whole squad whilst also praising the travelling support.
Speaking after Gloucester's brave 16-14 win against Stade Rochelais which clinches a European Rugby Challenge Cup final spot, Director of Rugby David Humphreys paid tribute to the way the team had executed the game plan in a hostile environment against quality opposition.
Greig Laidlaw returns to the Gloucester Rugby squad this week, and his inclusion is an important one after a serious ankle injury. The Scottish scrum half is determined to drive the team forward in their European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final in La Rochelle this Saturday.
Gloucester take on La Rochelle in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final in France on Saturday evening, with the Top 14 side the favourites in the eyes of the bookmakers. However, David Humphreys is looking for his side to rise to the occasion against a familiar opponent.
Speaking to GRTV after Saturday's 39-30 Aviva Premiership win over Sale, Mark Atkinson admitted that the performance wasn't perfect but that the team's character shone through in a game that could easily have slipped away.