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Gloucester’s greatest players: Is this Gloucester’s greatest all-time XV?

Gloucester’s greatest ever XV is often debated among fans, it’s a very difficult one as the club has had numerous legends take to the field at Kingsholm.

Obviously, this is a matter of perspective, there’s no scientific formula for the undisputed 15, but this is pretty close to it.

You’ll undoubtedly disagree with a lot of our choices so let us know what you think of the team, and what players you’d swap, in the comments.

Gloucester’s greatest players:

Fullback: DON RUTHERFORD

The speedster played 94 times for Gloucester between 1964 and 1968, leaving a legacy for other captains to follow.

Rutherford won fourteen caps for England and toured Australia and New Zealand with the 1966 British Lions. He also appeared for the Barbarians on a number of occasions between 1960 and 1968.


Winger: JAMES SIMPSON-DANIEL

He played wing or centre for Gloucester Rugby from 2001 to 2013, making 274 appearances and scoring 120 tries.

A favourite with the Kingsholm crowd, Sinbad was that rarity in the professional game – a one-club man.

His low centre of gravity, beautiful balance and keen rugby brain made him one of the all-time great wingers, the scorer or instigator of spectacular tries, but his career was sadly blighted by illness and injury and he only gained ten caps for England.


Outside-centre: TERRY FANOLUA

In total, Cherry and Whites legend Fanolua made 228 appearances and scored 60 tries in all competitions during his nine years at Kingsholm between 1997 and 2006.

Whilst at Gloucester he started in the 2002 Zurich Championship Final (the year before winning the play-offs constituted winning the English title) in which Gloucester defeated Bristol Rugby, and the 2003 Powergen Cup Final in which Gloucester defeated Northampton Saints.


Inside-centre: JOHN BAYLISS

He was a crash-tackling centre who played 403 games for the club between 1960 and 1976, captaining Gloucester in 1972-73.

Breaking his neck in 1973, John thought his career was over, but came back the following season to play in Gloucestershire’s 1974 championship winning side, going on to captain the county to victory in the 1975 and 1976 finals.

He also played for Western Counties against Fiji and New Zealand and was an England trialist on a number of occasions


Winger: CHARLIE SHARPLES

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