Speaking to the media ahead of Saturday's EDF Energy Cup final, Gloucester Rugby Head Coach Dean Ryan stressed that he would allow key injured players as long as possible to recover.
Centre Mike Tindall and winger Iain Balshaw have both been absent in recent weeks and Ryan, when asked about their status, stated that he will leave a decision until the last possible minute but won't risk long term fitness for short term gain.
Quizzed about Tindall initially:
I think it'll be a late call. He's rehabbing. He is getting better, but it will be a late call."
"Balshaw's probably the same as Tins. If at all, it'll be a late call. He's been rehabbing for most of the week and, if either Tindall or Balshaw are accelerated in any way, then they've got a chance for the weekend."
"We'll give both players as long as possible to be available."
"It does affect preparation. With someone like Tindall, I don't think we've ever been in a final or a playoff final with him."
"He's hugely influential to us and the merits of him dropping in on a Friday or a Saturday certainly outweigh any disruption."
"We wouldn't do it with everybody but certainly, for someone of Tindall's influence, we would."
"He's a key decision maker in whichever side he plays, whether that be England or Gloucester. So, we'll leave it as long as possible before we have to make that call."
"But, we're not going to take risks with people going into this game when we look at the magnitude of the Guinness Premiership games to come."
Having skippered Scotland to a hard fought 25-13 defeat against England at Twickenham on Saturday, Greig Laidlaw spoke of the frustrations of his side doing so many good things and making real progress as a team but still finishing on the wrong end of the scoreline.
GRTV caught up with Neil McCarthy as he was unveiled as the new Head of Academy. The ex-Gloucester front rower is looking forward to getting to work with the vast arrays of talent in the Academy and across Gloucestershire.
Although understandably disappointed to see Northampton snatch a 33-33 draw with a last gasp try on Saturday, Gareth Evans told GRTV after the game that the result shows how far Gloucester have come as a team this season.
Gloucester scrum half Greig Laidlaw spoke to GRTV after the 33-33 draw with Northampton Saints on Saturday, and the Scotsman described how the hosts played some great rugby, but will rue not holding the lead which keeps them in touch with the top seven.
Although Gloucester could take many positives from the 33-33 draw with Northampton Saints on Saturday, centre Bill Meakes admitted it was a strange feeling at the final whistle with Gloucester having probably done enough to win the game.
Speaking after the 33-33 draw with Northampton Saints on Saturday, David Humphreys admitted that he was happy with many aspects of the team's performance but regretted a missed opportunity to defeat the Premiership champions.
Speaking to the local media this week, Richard Hibbard is relishing his return to the Cherry and White jersey as the hosts take on Aviva Premiership leaders Northampton Saints on Saturday afternoon (ko 3:15pm)
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