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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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).