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)
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.