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Gloucester ready for World Club 7s

15 August 2013

  • Gloucester gearing up for World Club 7s at Twickenham
  • J.P.Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7s winners look to extend run of form
Gloucester Rugby player Drew Cheshire

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Gloucester Rugby's Drew Cheshire has called on his team to build on their recent win in the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Premiership Rugby 7s Series as they head into the inaugural World Club 7s this weekend (August 17 and 18).

The Cherry & Whites laid to rest the demons of last year's series, where they let slip a 28-5 half-time lead in the final against London Irish to fall to a 31-28 defeat, at the Rec in Bath.

Cheshire came off the bench in this year's final against Leicester Tigers and helped steer Gloucester to a 24-17 win in front of a vocal, sell-out crowd.

He revelled in the electric atmosphere created by the Gloucester faithful in Bath and believes the club can use the silverware as a kick-start as they turn their attentions to the World Club 7s at Twickenham and the Aviva Premiership season.

"I'm so excited for what's next and the new season now – there's a really good buzz going around the club," said Cheshire. "It is such a good feeling to win a bit of silverware.

"The morale should be sky high now. It is such a great feeling and hopefully that will boost the club for the games we have next and then we'll hopefully do well in the league.

"It was an amazing feeling out there in front of all the people cheering us on – the Gloucester supporters getting behind us really helped us to push on and win the last game."

Gloucester qualified for the series final second in their group, after beating Bath Rugby and Exeter Chiefs at Kingsholm a week earlier, and their strengthened side hit the ground running on Friday.

After seeing off Newcastle Falcons 21-0, the Cherry & Whites took on Saracens in a winner-takes-all clash the game before the final and ran out narrow 17-14 winners.

And, after a blistering first half put them in control of the final, Cheshire thwarted a Tigers resurgence by breaking two tackles and offloading to Nevaro Codlin to score the winning try.

Gloucester reach the World Club 7s courtesy of their victory, where they face Western Province, New York and VVA Moscow Region in Pool A at Twickenham.

And Cheshire is hoping his contribution to Gloucester's silverware at the Rec will thrust him into the reckoning for more action this season.

"I just saw a gap in front of me and went for it and thought hopefully I will get the space to get the try," said Cheshire.

"I'll just keep training hard and try to get in one of the pre-season games later on this month."