Gloucestershire name side for Bill Beaumont Cup Final
29 May 2009 15:58pm
Mike Panaho celebrates a score in the semi final
Bruce Seabrook/ GPA Images
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)
Speaking to the local media this week, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
On a tough evening at Kingsholm, Gloucester could escape neither a suffocating Bath defence, nor the whistle of referee Greg Garner as six penalties and a penalty try paved the way to a 39-16 win for the visitors.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).