Aviva Premiership Club-by-Club: Gloucester Rugby

GloucesterTeam: Gloucester
Coach: Bryan Redpath
Home ground: Kingsholm

Players In:
Matt Cox (Worcester Warriors), Brett Deacon (Leicester Tigers), Jim Hamilton (Edinburgh)

Players Out:
Jake Boer (retired), Marco Bortolami (Aironi), Gareth Delve (Melbourne Rebels), Adam Eustace (Northampton Saints), Ben Phillips (Birmingham Solihull), Apo Satala (Sale Sharks), Greg Somerville (Melbourne Rebels), Carlos Spencer (Lions), Semi Tadulala (Leeds Carnegie), Andy Williams (Worcester Warriors)

Strengths: Gloucester boast one of the most hostile grounds in the Premiership, and their home form is usually up there with the best. After several seasons battling it out at the top, they now look like a mid-table team, but if they are consistent at home and surprise a few sides away, then the playoffs aren’t necessarily out of reach.

Weaknesses: Gloucester have lacked conviction for some time. Under Dean Ryan, they were usually exposed only in the knockout stages, but last season their soft centre was seen regularly to leave them languishing in 7th. Not a huge amount has changed as far as I can tell, so mid-table mediocrity looms.

One to watch: Dave Attwood is quickly becoming one of my favourite players, and he’s suddenly one of the senior squad members thanks to his experience with England. Regular towering performances in the second row could lift his team well into the top half of the table.

Last season:
7th

Prediction:
Ought to push for the playoffs, but slightly shy of top four quality – 6th.

2 thoughts on “Aviva Premiership Club-by-Club: Gloucester Rugby

  1. Thanks Kem! Copy and Paste error…!

    Wasn’t sure what you meant at first. I was looking at the ‘hostile ground’ bit and had to check news headlines to see if they were moving away from Kingsholm!

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