Since Friday May 8th, Andy Brown from Gloucester Rugby's Community Department has been taking part in the Matt Hampson Walk to the Guinness Premiership Final.
Andy, and a number of other intrepid walkers, began the charity walk at Clifton Cruisers based in Rugby Town and aim to finish at the Guinness Premiership Final on 16th May 2009.
Matt Hampson played rugby for Leicester Tigers Academy, England U18 schools and England U19s until a training accident whilst training with England in 2005 left him paralyzed from the neck down.
Over the last few days the walk has intensified with the participants taking the 20 miles per day in their stride.
Andy has been joined by a number of staff from Playing for Success and has also walked with Martin Johnson, Rory Underwood, Jason Leonard and Graham Rowntree.
Andy is still trying to raise as much money as possible but needs your support so please visit www.justgiving.co.uk/gloucesterrugbywalk4matt
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Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
Speaking after a last-gasp try from Exeter earned the Chiefs a 27-27 draw at Sandy Park on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted to mixed feelings. The game saw him score a try on his 200th competitive appearance for the club, but the frustration from not closing out the win was clear.
David Humphreys was minutes away from a winning interview on Saturday afternoon, but a late try from Exeter Chiefs meant the points were shared at Sandy Park. Humphreys spoke with the local media after the 27-27 draw.
Speaking to the media ahead of Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Exeter Chiefs, Director of Rugby David Humphreys reiterated that there are elements of Gloucester's game that are in good shape at present, that the performance against Bath was a step forward from Newcastle but that individual errors are costing the Cherry and Whites dear.
Centre Matt Scott, a try-scorer in Bayonne last weekend, insists that Gloucester are taking nothing for granted when they welcome Benetton Treviso to Kingsholm on Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup (kick off 3pm).