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)
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees told GRTV after the win in Brive that the game could have been a tough one to get up for, but that his Gloucester team mates did themselves proud on the night and got a big result.
Reflecting on the 31-20 victory in Brive on Thursday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys said that clinching a home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final was the overall aim and duly achieved.
Gloucester may have already clinched a home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys wants his side to finish the pool stages on a winning note in Brive on Thursday evening.
Speaking after Saturday's win, James Hudson was happy to record a bonus-point win against a hugely physical Oyonnax side as Gloucester secured their passage into the European Rugby Challenge Cup Quarter Finals
Billy Burns was a try scorer on his first European start for Gloucester and, speaking after the game, admitted that it was good to get the five points although there are still things to work on before the trip to Brive.
Gloucester Rugby have added to their front row strength in depth for next season with the signings of Paul Doran-Jones, Paddy McAllister and Nicky Thomas from Harlequins, Aurillac and the Ospreys respectively.
Connacht's 30-20 win in La Rochelle on Saturday evening means that they are the third best placed runners up and will come to Kingsholm for the quarter-final of the European Rugby Challenge Cup in early April.