John Fletcher today announced the England U18 Conference squad for 2009-10 with a trio of Gloucester Rugby players included.
Forwards Koree Britton and James Clutterbuck plus back Ryan Mills are all currently part of the Gloucester Rugby's successful AASE scheme which is run in conjunction with Hartpury College.
The scheme is designed to allow promising young players (16 to 18 year olds) to follow a structured training programme in a professional environment, whilst studying for 'A' Levels or a BTEC National Diploma.
The Programme is an NVQ Level 3 and is spilt into eight different specialised units including t
technical and tactical aspects of the game, conditioning, lifestyle management and career planning.
The course is fully endorsed by the Rugby Football Union and is the preferred route for academy players who aspire to progress into the professional game.
For more information on the AASE scheme, please visit the relevant page on the Gloucester Rugby website by clicking HERE.
England U18 Conference Squad, 2009-10
Auterac, Nick (Saracens & Oaklands College)
Barrow, Dominic (Leeds Carnegie & Prince Henry's Grammar School)
Britton, Koree (Gloucester & Hartpury College)
Cain, Joe (Leicester Tigers & Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth 1st)
Clutterbuck, James (Gloucester & Hartpury College)
Cowan-Dickie, Luke (Exeter Chiefs & Truro College)
Hearn, Mal (Exeter Chiefs & Truro College)
Kvesic, Matt Worcester Warriors Worcester 6th Form College
Merrick, George (Harlequins & Whitgift School)
Morris, Nathan (Newcastle Falcons & Sedbergh School)
Northcote- Green, Sam (London Wasps & Dulwich College)
Sinckler, Kyle (Harlequins & Epsom College)
Tanner, Will (Bath Rugby & Hartpury College)
Twomey, Sam (Harlequins & Dulwich College)
Vernon, Ben (Sale Sharks & Hutton Grammar School)
Vunipola, Billy (London Wasps & Harrow School)
Walker, Chris (Leeds Carnegie & Prince Henry's Grammar School)
Bell, Tommy (Unattached & Bacup and Rawtenstall Grammar School)
Daley, Elliott (London Wasps & Whitgift School)
Elder, Chris (London Wasps & RGS High Wycombe)
Elliott, Jamie (Northampton Saints & Bedford School)
Ford, George (Leicester Tigers & Rishworth School)
Gemmell, Chris (Leeds Carnegie & Prince Henry's Grammar School)
Gordon, Charlie (London Wasps & Wellington College)
Hodgson, Joel (Newcastle Falcons & RGS Newcastle)
Jennings, Mark (Sale Sharks & Lymm High School)
Masters, Jack (Saracens & Kings School Canterbury)
Mills, Ryan (Gloucester & Hartpury College)
Ransom, Ben (Saracens & Tonbridge School)
Walker, Charlie (Leicester Tigers & Oakham School)
Yarde, Marland (London Irish & Whitgift School)
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
After a series of contract announcements last week, hooker Richard Hibbard is the latest Gloucester Rugby player to commit to a new contract at the club and told GRTV how much he enjoys playing in the Cherry and White of Gloucester.
Talk about a game of two halves. Things looked grim on Saturday as Gloucester trailed 0-6 to Bristol at half-time. However, Matt Scott's eighth try of the season got Gloucester off and running, and the visitors fell apart as the Cherry and Whites eased to a 26-18 bonus point Aviva Premiership win.