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, David Humphreys insisted that Gloucester are looking forward to kicking off the new European Rugby Challenge Cup against Brive on Thursday evening, although an unfamiliar opponent and a five day turnaround will pose a challenge.
Director of Rugby David Humphreys felt that his Gloucester side put themselves in a position to put Saracens under real pressure at Allianz Park on Saturday, praising his team's commitment and defence, while admitting that a lack of accuracy hit their chances in the second half.
Speaking to the local media at Allianz Park, Tom Savage was disappointed after the defeat at Saracens, but claimed Gloucester did plenty of good things and could've taken more than a losing bonus point.
In case you missed it, there was plenty of activity on the official Gloucester Rugby website following the 55-0 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over CA Brive, including a number of post match video interviews.
The Cherry and Whites ran in six tries in beating CA Brive 55-0 on Thursday night. An emphatic second half performance saw the hosts run in five tries to get the European campaign off to a flying start.
Gloucester took their time to go through the gears in Thursday's European Rugby Challenge Cup opener but turned on the style in the second half to emerge 55-0 winners and get their campaign off to a winning start.