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
Previewing Friday evening's local derby at Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell told the local media that Gloucester's preparations have gone well and that the whole squad is united in trying to finish the season on a high.
Speaking to GRTV this week, Acting Head Coach Jonny Bell spoke of his pleasure in the efforts and intensity in training from the squad after a tricky few weeks. The team were preparing for big games with Bristol and Cardiff in coming weeks.
Willi Heinz was understandably and visibly disappointed when he spoke to GRTV after the 27-30 home defeat to Harlequins, apologising to the home support as the game slipped away after seemingly having the game under control.
Speaking to the local media this week, Scottish centre Matt Scott spoke of the squad's determination to put in a big home performance against Harlequins, with vital points up for grabs in the hunt for a Top Six spot this Saturday (KO 3pm)
Looking ahead to Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Harlequins (kick off 3pm), Head Coach Laurie Fisher told the local media that Gloucester will need to be on top of their game in a match which has big implications in terms of top six ambitions.
A big few days for the Gloucester-Hartpury Women side. First came the news that the team will compete in Women's Super Rugby next season, and on Saturday the team will play Worcester Ladies IIs at Kingsholm. Centre Hannah Jones and wing Michelle Ruddock spoke to GRTV this week to reflect on events.
Missing so many starters, and up against a team fighting for their Premiership existence, Gloucester did what had to be done at Ashton Gate on Friday evening battling their way to a 32-14 Aviva Premiership win over Bristol Rugby.