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
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.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
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).