National League 1 side Cinderford provide the bulk of Gloucestershire’s squad for Saturday’s opening Bill Beaumont Cup encounter against Cornwall at Redruth RFC kick-off 3 pm.
Team Manager Paul Morris (Cinderford) said: “We may not have had a warm up game like our opponents but all of our squad know each other and the majority play together in national one at Cinderford each week, so we feel motivated and confident in our ability to tackle Cornwall, another strong, traditional rugby county like ourselves.”
“I wish the boys well under the captaincy of Will Foden and thanks also to the team’s great coaches Matt Salter (Clifton, Bristol University) and John Barnes (Hartpury Academy) who have galvanised the side. Good luck.”
Gloucestershire (Cinderford unless stated): M Wilcox, N Codlin, R Winchle, S Rodwell (Hartpury). R Haile (Taunton), R Teague, S Arnott (Southend); J Smart, S Wilkes, N Selway (Lydney), D Wright (Rugby Lions), E King, L Allen, W Foden (Capt), B Walker (Hartpury).
Replacements: C Thompson (Old Patesians), C Meddick (Dings Crusaders) B Sparks, H Tovey (Clifton), S Plummer (Dings Crusaders), G Lewis (Hartpury), J Hannam (Lydney)