Gloucester Rugby is pleased to announce that Billy Twelvetrees will be hosting his testimonial year, starting next month. The Cherry and White legend who is now in his 10th season with the Club will celebrate his remarkable achievements over the course of the next twelve months.
The testimonial year will be launched in November with the events taking place from January to early September 2022, ending in a celebration dinner! A Gloucester Rugby testimonial game in honour of Billy is also being planned for February with more details to follow.
Twelvetrees joined the Cherry and Whites from Leicester Tigers in 2012 and since then has been a regular in the match-day 23, notching up 235 appearances for the Club so far. Soon after joining the club, he earned a call up to England's Elite Player Squad for the 2013 Six Nations, making his debut against Scotland at Twickenham. After his fine first season with us, he continued his international success in his selection for the England tour of Argentina. He scored a try in the first test before being called up to the 2013 British & Irish Lions squad.
Billy was named club captain of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the 2014-15 season and continued the role the following season. Last season was another fine year for Twelvetrees, whose versatility has been vital for Gloucester Rugby. He scored 104 points in 19 appearances, Twelvetrees’ highlight will no doubt be when he kicked the winning penalty with the clock in red against London Irish in May 2021. A true night to remember at Kingsholm with the fans back in attendance after over 12 months behind closed doors.
Russell Marchant, committee chair said: “We are so pleased for Billy to receive this year from his club after 10 years of commitment and hard service. Richly deserved and with rugby returning in force it will be a time to celebrate indeed. The testimonial committee is planning a range of differing events for all rugby fans and more details will be revealed next month as planning progresses. We hope the Gloucestershire business and rugby community get behind Billy’s year and support him, as a true Kingsholm favourite.
Gloucester Rugby Chief Operating Officer, Alex Brown is delighted that Billy will be celebrating his testimonial year.
“It is great to honour Billy with his testimonial year, he has given a huge amount to this club, and it is fantastic that he is getting the recognition he deserves. The club are looking forward to supporting him during this year and host many of the events.
“We are thoroughly looking forward to the testimonial fixture next year and anticipate it will be a fantastic day for all of our community.”
George Skivington, Gloucester Rugby Head Coach added,
“Billy is a great player to have in the squad. He brings a wealth of experience to the team and is a fantastic voice both in training and on the pitch. He continues to be a consummate professional, which I’m sure he has been since he arrived, and thoroughly deserves his testimonial year. I know that everyone at the Club are all looking forward to celebrating this achievement with him.”
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