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)
Speaking to the local media this week, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
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.
On a tough evening at Kingsholm, Gloucester could escape neither a suffocating Bath defence, nor the whistle of referee Greg Garner as six penalties and a penalty try paved the way to a 39-16 win for the visitors.
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).