TOP BAR - Fixtures

Kvesic fixed on driving Gloucester Rugby forward

David Humphreys may be backing Matt Kvesic for an England recall, but the Gloucester Rugby flanker insists he is more focused on helping the Cherry & Whites continue to make strides forward this season.

A dogged display by the 22-year-old helped his side conquer their nerves to secure a 21-9 victory over London Irish at the weekend, ending a run of three consecutive Aviva Premiership Rugby defeats.

Kvesic’s man-of-the-match performance led director of rugby Humphreys to assert the young back row deserves to add to his two England caps when international duties resume next year.

Although the man himself was flattered by Humphreys’ praise, he admits those views will count for nothing unless he can sustain his sterling run of form.

But with the Gloucester pack steadily improving under the guidance of Humphreys and head coach Laurie Fisher, Kvesic is confident his side will carry their momentum into Europe and beyond.

“It’s always nice to be spoken of in those terms but I know now that it’s about backing these performances up rather than thinking about international recognition,” he told Gloucester Rugby TV.

“I’m obviously out of the reckoning for the moment but if I can keep playing and playing well then I can hopefully be knocking on the door soon but right now I’m more focused on maintaining these performances.

“There is definitely more to come from me and with the coaches we have here I’ll be able to keep improving and that’s been shown over the last few weeks.

“That’s not just myself but the other guys who are still improving as well – we are going to peak and trough as the season goes on with the new coaches and boys dropping in and out for the internationals.

“As a squad there is a lot of learning and a lot of improving left to do but it’s an exciting time to be at Gloucester.”

Kvesic does not have far to look for inspiration on how to make an impression on the international stage with Gloucester No.8 Ben Morgan starring in England’s recent victory over Australia.

And though the Cherry & Whites will be boosted by Morgan’s return, Kvesic insists he will not necessarily walk straight in to a competitive back row.

“It will absolutely be great to get Ben back alongside me – he was excellent against the Aussies on the weekend with his two tries,” he added.

“But the win over Irish was Gareth Evans’ first start back after injury and he was awesome. He played really well, carried well and gave us a good momentum going forward.

“So there is a lot of competition in this Gloucester back row for starting places and that’s what we need as a squad.

“We’re pushing each other for places and improving each other all the time in training and that’s excellent to see.”

This Christmas, Premiership Rugby is offering fans a special gift with selected tickets for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final 2015. Click here to find out about this limited offer.

Latest News

Toby Flood starts for Newcastle Falcons against Rotherham Titans

Toby Flood makes the first start of his second spell at Newcastle Falcons on Saturday when they host Rotherham Titans…

Joe Marler commits to Harlequins until 2021

Harlequins is thrilled to announce today, Friday 18th August, that England and British and Irish Lions prop, Joe Marler, has…

Joe Marler

European fixtures to be released on Tuesday

The fixtures for the 2017/18 Champions Cup and Challenge Cup season will be announced on Tuesday, 22 August at 3.00pm…

Rokoduguni starts for Bath Rugby against Ospreys

Semesa Rokoduguni will make his first appearance of pre-season when Bath Rugby take on Ospreys at the Liberty Stadium on…

Harlequins team to play Jersey Reds

Harlequins has announced the squad to play Jersey Reds in the final match of the 2017/18 pre-season campaign, at The…

Francis Saili

Stringer starts for Worcester Warriors at Birmingham Moseley

Summer signing Peter Stringer will get his first start for Warriors on Friday night as his side take on Birmingham…

London Irish name side for Ealing Trailfinders clash

London Irish have named a 30-man squad for this Friday’s pre-season clash with Ealing Trailfinders at Hazelwood (kick-off 7.30pm). The…

Gloucester Rugby announce line-ups for preseason friendly at Leinster

Gloucester Rugby will give game time to a number of their first team squad in Leinster on Friday evening as…

American rugby players and coaches to get once in a lifetime opportunity

Thirty American rugby players and coaches are being handed the chance of a lifetime to train in England with Premiership…

Stephen Myler: Northampton Saints ready to fight for the title

Stephen Myler is predicting the closest ever Aviva Premiership Rugby campaign and believes his Northampton Saints side will be right…

Sonatane Takulua expecting big things from Newcastle Falcons this season

Sonatane Takulua believes unity and a collective purpose, combined with an improved playing pool, can help propel Newcastle Falcons up…

Sonatane Takulua

Wasps name team for first pre-season fixture against Ulster

Dai Young has named a 26-man squad to take on Ulster Rugby at Kingspan Stadium in the first pre-season fixture…

Anglo-Welsh Cup 2017-18 launched

WORCESTER WARRIORS have the honour of hosting the opening match in this year’s Anglo-Welsh Cup on Friday 3 November, when…

Leicester Tigers win the Anglo Welsh Cup

Ally Hogg pleased by Newcastle Falcons’ early progress

Ally Hogg believes Newcastle Falcons are well set to attack the new Aviva Premiership season after a double dose of…

Ally Hogg

Topsy Ojo relishing Exiles return to Aviva Premiership Rugby action at HQ

Topsy Ojo believes there could be no more fitting way for London Irish to announce their return as an Aviva…

Newcastle Falcons’ Sonatane Takulua sees Philadelphia trip as a ‘great opportunity’

Newcastle Falcons’ Sonatane Takulua insists his side’s September clash with Saracens in Philadelphia will be no holiday for the players,…

Sonatane Takulua

Harlequins statement: Luke Wallace and Jonas Mikalcius

Harlequins can confirm today (Tuesday 15th August) that flanker Luke Wallace dislocated his hip during the pre-season friendly against London…

Luke Wallace

London Irish kick-off Anglo-Welsh Cup at home to Bath

London Irish will host Bath Rugby at the Madejski Stadium in the opening round of the Anglo-Welsh Cup on Saturday…

London Irish kick-off Anglo-Welsh Cup at home to Bath

HITZ graduate secures first full time job after being inspired by Premiership Rugby final

A teenager from Leigh who overcame a troubled home life and tackled confidence and communication issues thanks to Premiership Rugby…

Lucy Neal