Gloucestershire head into Saturday's Bill Beaumont Cup Final against Lancashire at Twickenham (kick-off 12pm) hoping to win back the illustrious county title for the first time in seven years.
Mark Cornwell's side have been reinvigorated since his appointment as Head Coach this season, and that has seen them sweep aside the opposition in the South to book their place in the final. Somerset, Devon and Cornwall have all been Gloucestershire's casualties.
Cornwell, Academy Coach at Guinness Premiership side Gloucester and former Gloucester player, said:
"The players have done everything I have asked of them this season. I told them at the start of the season I wasn't doing this for fun, I was doing this to get to the final, and they have responded. We have put in some good performances, and I am pleased with the squad and what we have achieved so far."
Traditionally finals in the Bill Beaumont Cup have always been close affairs and this one looks like it won't be any different with Lancashire also on fire having cemented their place in the final with an impressive 80-12 demolition of Northumberland last weekend.
"To be honest I know very little about Lancashire," added Cornwell.
"Looking at their results they have won their games well, but that doesn't tell you a lot about them. They might be a really strong side, or they might have had a weaker pool than us."
"Either way, the final is the next hurdle and that's what we have got to overcome. The players need to make the next step now and I am sure they will."
If Gloucestershire can come home victors they will also secure an impressive 18th county title as well as complete a county winning double, with the Under-20s side having already won their final.
"To win at Twickenham would be a fantastic achievement. For the committee winning an 18th title, equalling Lancashire's record and doing the double, would mean a lot but for me at the moment I'm not thinking about past results."
"My priority is getting this squad ready for Saturday's game. Preparations are going well, we have a fully fit squad and more players available so we are feeling confident."
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
Speaking to the local media this week, front rower John Afoa is familiar with the challenge of Connacht from his time in Belfast, and the World Cup winner is fully aware of the challenge they pose ahead of Sunday's meeting in the Champions Cup play off
Speaking ahead of Gloucester's European Rugby Champions play-off against Connacht on Sunday (Kingsholm, 3:30pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys admitted that he's glad to have more players available than in recent weeks ahead of a tough fixture.
Nick Wood captained the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, and the experienced front rower expressed his pride in the young squad in defeat to Bath on the final day of the Aviva Premiership season.
Lewis Ludlow scored Gloucester's opening try in the 30-50 defeat at Bath on Saturday, part of an impressive performance by the young back row forward. Speaking after the game, he paid tribute to the young Gloucester side who went toe to toe with the Aviva Premiership semi-finalists.
Speaking to the local media after the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys gave an honest assessment of the game, and expressed his pride in the way his young charges had performed against the title-chasing hosts.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby scrum half Callum Braley is excited by the challenge of the West Country Derby, and the ex-Bristol man reveals the squad will be giving their all.
Gloucester Rugby is delighted to confirm that 18 year old Mat Protheroe, a product of Hartpury College and one of the brightest young talents in the English game, has signed a senior contract at Kingsholm.
At the recent London Irish game, personnel from the Imjin Barracks in Innsworth, including Gurkhas, were present, holding a collection to raise funds for ShelterBox to aid relief from the recent Nepal Earthquake Appeal.