TOP BAR - Fixtures

Thrush eager to make Gloucester debut and experience the Kingsholm atmosphere

Gloucester Rugby host Zebre on Saturday afternoon as the European Rugby Challenge Cup kicks off (ko 15:15). New signing Jeremy Thrush is available for selection for the Cherry and Whites and buzzing at the prospect.

Thrush, a summer arrival from Super Rugby runners up Hurricanes, touched down in the UK last week, and spoke about how he is settling in in Gloucestershire and in his new surroundings.
 
"It's been really good actually, everyone here has made it really easy to come in and get to work.
 
"I got picked up from the airport and came straight to Hartpury to meet some of the guys and the management. It's been really smooth and I've got a nice place to stay at the moment.
 
Being on the other side of the world, Thrush had to rely on the advice of team-mates and friends to let him know what to expect when he arrived at Kingsholm, and due to being on standby for the World Champions, missed out on the chance to pop over and have a look around.
 
"I was trying to get a visit in to Gloucester when the club were interested in me, but it didn't really work out. I've talked to a lot of people back home that have been to Cheltenham and Gloucester, and they speak very highly of the area.
 
"Once I'd signed, I spoke to a few guys. I bumped into Jimmy (Cowan) a couple of times and Mike Anthony, who used to be here for four or five years, he's now working with the Strength and Conditioning team at the All Blacks.
 
"There's also Jonny (Bentley) who I was playing with at Wellington this year, who knows a few of the guys and I was able to bounce a few questions around, which was good.”
 
Thrush became only the sixth player to register a century of appearances for the Hurricanes as they ended the Super Rugby season as runners-up despite a comprehensive lead at the top of the table, and he felt that this summer was the right time to move, and Gloucester was the right club to move to.
 
"I felt like it was a good time for me to go. When I signed at the start of this year I thought that a good way for me to go out was to be in the All Blacks squad for Rugby World Cup. I narrowly missed out on that opportunity but I felt if I did lose out on that, it probably was the right time to move, especially with the masses of young talent around in New Zealand.
 
"I wanted to try to experience something else, and try and get out of my comfort zone, because I'd been in Wellington for the last eleven years or so, playing for either the Wellington Lions or the Hurricanes so I felt it was a good time to go.”
 
The Wellington Lions looked imperious during the ITM Championship in recent months before losing the final to Hawkes Bay, and Thrush admits it was a shame to depart with just a runners-up medal.
 
"That seems to sum up my career in Wellington, which is unfortunate, and hopefully I haven't brought that with me if we get to a final. Hopefully we'll be playing for some more trophies over the next few years!”
 
And as for first impressions, Thrush is enjoying his first few days in training and preparing for his first run out with his new team-mates.
 
"I've been really impressed, there's a lot of similarities to what I am used to in New Zealand, but there's some different stuff in terms of the style we play and talking to some of the coaches.
 
"It's probably a lot more professional than it is in Wellington, but I guess that comes down to financial backing so it's unfair to draw too serious a comparison.
 
"It's great to have breakfast and lunch cooked for you here, I used to have to bring that in from home so little stuff like that. Coupled with all the support staff involved in this team, it's a little bit different to back home.
 
"You get a little bit more one on one time with the trainers, and that is great.”
 
Thrush is available for selection this week, and could make his home debut for the Cherry and Whites with Zebre the visitors, and it is an exciting prospect for the All Black.
 
"I've heard a lot about Kingsholm, and I know we get a lot of support and it's good to get to our home ground and the crowd will be right behind us, and I look forward to meeting all the supporters.
 
"I'm pretty happy to have the chance to make my debut at home, and it will be exciting for me.
 
"It's a new start to the campaign for us. But there will be a few nerves around before the game, but overall I'm massively excited to have a crack and see what it is all about.”
 
Tickets are still available for Saturday's visit of Zebre Rugby in Round One of the European Rugby Challenge Cup.
 
Club members can bring 4 friends for half price using the exclusive club membership voucher booklet.
 
Visit www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk/tickets or call 0871 871 8781 for more details.

Latest News

Brown and Ward named Harlequins vice-captains

Harlequins have confirmed that Mike Brown and Dave Ward have been appointed as the club’s vice-captains, assisting club captain James…

Saracens can’t wait to head to Philadelphia, says Richard Barrington

American fans relish the ebb and flow of professional sport so much that Richard Barrington cannot wait to bring rugby…

Barrington

O’Callaghan named Warriors captain for 2017/18 campaign

Donncha O'Callaghan will lead Warriors during Gary Gold's first full season in charge after being named as the Club's captain…

O’Callaghan named Warriors captain for 2017/18 campaign

2017/18 Champions Cup and Challenge Cup fixtures announced

Champions Cup holders, Saracens, will be looking to become only the second club in history to secure a European three-in-a-row…

Jonathan Fisher returns to London Irish

New academy forwards coach Jonathan Fisher says the opportunity to return to London Irish was too good to turn down.…

Jonathan Fisher returns to London Irish

Bermuda sets Saracens up for Philadelphia, says Chris Wyles

Social media would suggest that Saracens were just having a laugh in Bermuda last week during pre-season, but nothing could…

Chris Wyles

O’Callaghan and Stringer to face former club Munster

Donncha O'Callaghan will lead Warriors against his old side Munster Rugby on Thursday at Sixways in their final pre-season clash…

O’Callaghan and Stringer to face former club Munster

London Irish face Edinburgh in European opener

London Irish kick-off their European Rugby Challenge Cup campaign at home to Edinburgh Rugby on Saturday, 14 October. The Pro14…

European fixtures to be released today

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

Joe Launchbury named as Wasps captain for 2017/18

England lock Joe Launchbury continues as Wasps’ captain for the 2017/18 season, having led the side to the Aviva Premiership…

Joe Launchbury

Wasps and Under Armour launch 150th anniversary season kit

Inspired by Wasps’ rich history and combined with Under Armour’s innovative technology, the new kits will be worn by the…

Wasps Kit 17/18

Bath Rugby to continue supporting existing charity partners for the 2017/18 season

Bath Rugby is delighted to confirm that the Club will continue to support Bath Cats and Dogs Home, RUH Forever…

Bath Supporters

Anthony Perenise re-joins Bath Rugby for 2017/18 campaign

Bath Rugby is delighted to announce that tighthead prop Anthony Perenise will be re-joining the Club in time for the…

Anthony Perenise

Wasps name team for Connacht clash

Dai Young has named a 27-man squad to take on Connacht Rugby at the Ricoh Arena on Wednesday evening, kick-off…

Defensive display pleases Kennedy

London Irish director of rugby Nick Kennedy was pleased with his side’s defensive display during Friday’s 29-6 victory over Ealing…

Three charities to benefit from Wasps 150th anniversary season

Wasps are proving that charity begins at home as they gear up to mark the club’s 150th anniversary. Dai Young’s…

Wasps celebrate

Temporary replacement period for off-field HIA now fixed at ten minutes

World Rugby has approved an amendment to law making it mandatory for players who undertake an off-field screening under the…

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