Gloucestershire name side for Bill Beaumont Cup Final
29 May 2009 15:58pm
Mike Panaho celebrates a score in the semi final
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Gloucestershire Head Coach Mark Cornwell has named his side for Saturday's Bill Beaumont Cup Final against Lancashire at Twickenham (kick-off 12pm).
The County travel to Twickenham 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.
Copsey J. (Cinderford); Holder C. (Lydney), May J. (Hartpury), Scourfield D. (Cinderford), Carter J. (Cinderford); Woodrow M. (Birmingham Solihull), Knight P. (Cinderford, capt); Price P. (Lydney), Finckin P. (Newbury), Davis R. (Birmingham Solihull); Waldron W. (Hartpury), Cadman R. (Hartpury); Gillbert M. (Hartpury), Jenkins D. (Lydney), Panaho M. (Dings)
Hall C. (Cinderford), Long M. (Birmingham Solihull), Bufton D. (Dings), McNeil C. (Cinderford), Stevenson T. (Cinderford), Williams J. (Lydney), Edwards S. (Dings)
Northampton away was the first Gloucester game under David Humphreys last season, but the Director of Rugby told the local media that the Cherry and Whites are a different proposition compared to 12 months ago and are looking forward to the challenge.
Having skippered Gloucester against the Barbarians last week, Nick Wood once again wore the captain's armband on Monday evening as Gloucester United kicked off their Aviva Premiership A League campaign with a bonus point win at Leicester.
Gloucester recorded a 32-20 win over La Rochelle on Thursday evening, and second row Jeremy Thrush was thrilled to pick up the victory on his first taste of a trip to France and the hostile atmosphere.
Gloucester were forced to battle for their 33-20 victory in La Rochelle on Thursday evening, something that centre Bill Meakes said that he and the squad were well prepared for as well as thanking the travelling support for the part they played.
Gloucester got off to a winning start in the European Rugby Challenge Cup last weekend, but Head Coach Laurie Fisher is expecting a much tougher challenge when the Cherry and Whites travel to La Rochelle for Thursday night's Round Two encounter.
Dan Thomas was a try scorer in the 14-62 defeat at the hands of the Barbarians on Tuesday evening, but told GRTV after the game that he'd really enjoyed taking on the Barbarians and locking horns with Ardie Savea at the breakdown.
After a long, hard battle to return to fitness, Henry Trinder made his long awaited comeback in the second half of the 23-10 win over Zebre on Saturday and admitted he was taken aback by the reception he got from the Kingsholm crowd.
After missing out on Gloucester's two recent European fixtures, Jonny May is back on the left wing for Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture at Northampton, while Mariano Galarza is named in the matchday squad for the first time this season.