Big chance for the boy from the Big Apple
JARYD Robinson's hat-trick in the World Club Sevens left Gloucester so impressed Kingsholm bosses have handed him a trial.
The Cherry and Whites wiped their brow after sneaking through their pool stage battle against New York City Sevens 26-24 on Saturday, August 17.
Robinson's treble had the Big Apple men 24-12 to the good, before Gloucester rallied on day one of the weekend-long Twickenham contest.
The New York paceman did enough to pique Gloucester's interest though – and now he will take a seat on the bench for the Cherry and Whites, against Plymouth tonight.
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Gloucester have named two strong line-ups for their Kingsholm double-header, hosting first Plymouth (5pm) then Scarlets (7.45pm) in their final pre-season clashes.
Davies has selected a full-strength starting XV to face his old club Scarlets, with former Llanelli man Tavis Knoyle taking the nine berth.
Jimmy Cowan, Ryan Mills and Matt Cox will be among a host of stars on show against Plymouth keen to prove their worth ahead of Gloucester's Premiership opener against Sale at Kingsholm on Saturday, September 7.
Rugby director Nigel Davies admitted there could well be more 'leftfield' trials handed to men like Robinson in future, as Gloucester look to recruit from any possible angle.
Gloucester have already offered academy deals to sevens stars Drew Cheshire and Andy Bulumakau, and Davies is not ruling out another addition.
He explained: "Sometimes you've got to think outside of the box.
"That means looking at every avenue possible for recruitment, in either short or long-term.
"You never know where or when players will emerge, so there's no point imposing any arbitrary limits.
"I think we've shown through bringing guys like Drew Cheshire and Andy Bulumakau on board that we will give players opportunities.
"And now Jaryd has a chance too.
"If you look two to three years down the succession plan, then it could be in the outside backs where we need to add.
"So you have to look at all opportunities out there, and this is one of many."
GLOUCESTER (PLYMOUTH, 5PM): M Thomas, S Reynolds, T Molenaar, R Mills, D Cheshire, J Bentley, J Cowan, D Murphy, D George, T Heard, E Stooke, W James, M Cox, A Hazell (capt), G Evans. Replacements: K Britton, J Gibbons, Y Thomas, T Hicks, L Ludlow, R Boughton, B Burns, M Tindall, J Robinson, W Haywood.
GLOUCESTER (SCARLETS, 7.45pm): R Cook, C Sharples, H Trinder, B Twelvetrees, J Simpson-Daniel, F Burns, T Knoyle, N Wood, D Dawidiuk, R Harden, T Savage (capt), J Hudson, S Kalamafoni, M Kvesic, B Morgan. Replacements: K Britton, D Murphy, Y Thomas, L Lokotui, A Qera, D Robson, B Burns, M Tindall, S Reynolds.