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Ollie Thorley on "historic" West Country derby

Ollie Thorley is looking forward to the West Country derby this weekend and also hopes to raise a good amount of rugby for Restart.

On the Bristol loss

“You can’t rue it for too long. Every game from now on until the end of the season is going to be like a cup final. We’ve got to park that loss. We looked at where we went wrong when we came in on Monday and then we moved swiftly onto the next thing because the next game is the biggest game.”

On the business end of the season

“These are the kinds of games we as players want to be playing in and I think it’s also the games that the fans want to see. It’s really good that we’ve seen that growth this season and ultimately, we want to realise that. That starts with Bath on Saturday and then we move on thereafter.”

On the West Country derby

“Walking around Gloucester and Cheltenham, I’ve had so many people come up to me and say that they are coming along to the Bath game and that they can’t wait for it. There’s a lot of local kudos for whoever wins that game.

“It’s a very historic fixture, and that always adds a bit more spice but in this instance it’s purely about the significance of this game. We’ve got to be sharp on the day and Bath have been playing well in the last couple of weeks, so we’ve got to be respectful of them as well and their threats and just really bring it on Saturday.”

On Restart Rugby

“Restart Rugby is massive. We get this week once a year. The obvious area where Restart helps is for players after rugby but it is also for players who are still playing. Maybe they have issues off the pitch or personal issues or injuries that lead to tricky conversations about where their careers are going to go. That’s where Restart really comes in to support players.

“I’ve seen a lot of guys at Gloucester Rugby and other clubs who have been supported by Restart so you can’t underestimate how valuable it is. It’s vital that we make sure Restart is there to help players who are playing but who have also retired.”

On being at Kingsholm

“A Saturday at Kingsholm against Bath. It doesn’t get better. It really doesn’t get better. There was a good video that World Rugby put out with Max Lahiff talking about the Shed and that just made me feel really inspired. Some of the characters in there and how much it means to them. There was one gentleman who talked about how Kingsholm and how it is his home and you could tell that he genuinely meant that. I think he even had a shed on his hat which is just unbelievable!

“It's for the people like that. This is such a big part of their lives and we just want to rip into it and do it for them. Likewise, I’m sure that they’ll all be behind us and it is a cliché but it is like having an extra man.

“I’m very excited and obviously that added aspect of it being a Restart week, it makes it even more important. We want to raise as much money as we can for Restart and give people a spectacle.”

Come along to Kingsholm! 

Tickets for the West Country are available here!

Ollie Thorley looks ahead to Bath

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