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Paul looking forward to grand finale

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For the first time ever, the Premiership title will be determined at Twickenham, not at the end of the regular Zurich Premiership season with the club that tops the Zurich Premiership table automatically qualifying for the Zurich Premiership Final and the second and third clubs playing each other for the other finalist position.

It's a system that is used in Rugby League and the Super 12, and Gloucester are determined to make their second Twickenham trip of the season another great day out for their travelling fans.

One player who is accustomed to this end of season format is former Bradford Bull Henry Paul and the New Zealand-born star is certainly looking forward to the big occasion.

"It keeps the season alive for the top four or five clubs as they are all gunning to finish in the top three, hopefully that will bring in big crowds, who are all geeing their boys up to get them there," Paul told Gloucester RFC's official website.

"I am used to it from Rugby League – it is tough if you lose it, but if that happens then you weren't good enough on the day. Finals are all about being good on the day. You need to be good all season to get yourselves the rest before the Premiership Final and watch and assess the other two teams and then go into the Final a bit fresher and perhaps a bit more streetwise.

"If you lose on the day that's your fault, that's tough biccies.

"I think it's a good idea. They perhaps could have included the top six to get to the Grand Final to get a bigger spectacle and get more teams hungry for it. I love the day, it's created a massive occasion in the Super League at Old Trafford and I hope Rugby Union can do the same at Twickenham."

Meanwhile, coach Nigel Melville is urging Gloucester fans to get behind the team and make sure the 'Cherry and Whites' have another successful trip to rugby HQ.

"It has always been our ambition to finish top of the table, but we knew from the start of the season that from this year, we needed to get to Twickenham and win at the Final to be crowned Champions," said Melville.

"Those who travelled to Twickenham for the Powergen Cup Final or last year's Zurich Championship know what a great day out a final at Twickenham can be and with the whole Premiership title resting on this one game we will need as many of the cherry and white fans to be there and cheer us on as possible."


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