Despite the Gallagher Premiership season finishing, it has still been a busy time for a number of Cherry & Whites who have been selected for international duty. However, it has been just as busy for Gloucester-Hartpury Women who are juggling multiple international call-ups, alongside the beginning of the Allianz Premier 15s.
Take a look at all the international call-ups below.
Louis Rees-Zammit is probably the most notable inclusion of this round-up with the flying winger earning his first cap for Wales over the weekend in France. Rees-Zammit has been on the cusp of a Wales debut having been selected in Wayne Pivac’s Six Nations squad back in February, however due to the suspension of the competition, it’s been a patient wait for winger, who finally took to the field in Welsh colours.
Cherry & Whites centre, Chris Harris, was also in action for his country last week, as Scotland recorded their highest ever victory over Georgia at BT Murrayfield, as they ran out 48-7 winners.
Jake Polledri powered Italy into a strong start against Ireland with a strong break which led to a penalty in front of the posts for Garbisi and a yellow card for Conor Murray for a cynical infringement. However, the Irish proved too strong, and raced to a 50-17 victory. This weekend, Italy prepare to take on England, with Polledri keeping his place in the training squad.
Also amongst the 31 man-squad is Gloucester Rugby scrum-half, Stephen Varney. Varney’s remarkable rise comes after a number of strong performances under Head Coach, George Skivington. The talented youngster has represented Italy at both U18 and U20 level, with the possibility of a full first cap not too far away.
If Varney and Polledri are selected to face England this weekend, it is possible they could face four Cherry & Whites after Jonny May, Willi Heinz, Ollie Thorley and Jack Singleton were named in Eddie Jones’ full squad ahead of the Six Nations finale and Autumn Internationals.
Outside of Europe, Argentine lock, Matias Alemanno, has travelled to Australia with the Pumas ahead of the Rugby Championship starting on 7 November in Brisbane.
Over in the Women’s Six Nations camps, England are set to take on Italy this weekend, with a Grand Slam at stake. Gloucester-Hartpury captain, Natasha Hunt, has been named for the amongst the squad for the Red Roses. Zoe Aldcroft, who has just been name England Player of the Year misses out through injury, whilst winger Kelly Smith remains a part of the training squad.
Meanwhile, Scotland Women will face Wales on Sunday, with Gloucester-Hartpury representation in both sides. New signing, Sarah Bonar will wear the flower of Scotland, whilst 8 members of Sean Lynn’s squad are preparing with Wales. Cara Hope, Kelsey Jones, Robyn Lock, Cerys Hale, Gwen Crabb, Shona Powell-Hughes, Hannah Jones and Lleucu George are all in contention to face Scotland, whilst Bethan Lewis and Kerin Lake miss out through injury.