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)
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees led Gloucester Rugby to European glory on Friday evening, scoring the crucial try on a memorable night for the Cherry and Whites. After the game, he paid tribute to his team's performance under pressure in the latter stages as they withstood a ferocious late Edinburgh fightback.
Speaking to GRTV, James Hook admitted that, after a superb opening, Gloucester really had to pass a test of character to hold off Edinburgh and lift the European Rugby Challenge Cup. He paid tribute to his team mates for all their hard work on what was a great day for the club.
Speaking to the assembled media this week, Gloucester Rugby club captain Billy Twelvetrees explains that the squad are ready for the final and that it will be an honour to lead the Cherry and Whites out in the Challenge Cup final.
Gloucester Rugby scrum half Greig Laidlaw will line up against former team mates Edinburgh Rugby on Friday evening, but the focus is firmly on his own roles as the Cherry and Whites gear up for the EPCR Challenge Cup final at The Stoop.
Speaking to the media ahead of Friday evening's European Rugby Challenge Cup Final against Edinburgh, Director of Rugby David Humphreys stressed that his improving Gloucester team will need to perform at their best to prevail against a tough Edinburgh side.
Dan Robson, a second half try scorer in the 42-40 win over Newcastle on Saturday, admitted that Gloucester had started slowly but that the second half comeback showed real character and maintains momentum going into Friday's European final.
Gareth Evans was a first half replacement for the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, but the back rower's impressive carrying kept the hosts on the front foot when they needed it most to snatch a dramatic comeback win.
After his last ditch try clinched the 42-40 Aviva Premiership victory over Newcastle at Kingsholm on Saturday, Billy Burns told GRTV that all the Gloucester team deserve credit for hanging in there against a Falcons team who really made life tough for the Cherry and Whites.
Argentine Mariano Galarza was a key part of the Cherry and White squad that tasted silverware on Friday night as they lifted the EPCR Challenge Cup at The Stoop, a special night that will live long in the memory of the second row.
Figures released by EPCR following Gloucester winning the European Rugby Challenge Cup on Friday evening show that, unsurprisingly, a number of those wearing Cherry and White showed up well in the various statistical categories.