Cinderford prepare this week for the round 3 of National 1 League. After 2 losses in the first two rounds of the league the team will have to show improvement this Saturday at Dockham Road in order to come away with their first win of the season. In their last game against Blackheath last week the Foresters suffered a severe 44-10 defeat, however the team will be looking to change the momentum around as they face undefeated Ampthill on Saturday. Tuesday, Bristol player Callum Sheedy rejoined the Club as part of a dual-registration deal, he will be expected to give the team an edge in the same manner as he did in the second part of the last season when Cinderford manage to survive the relegation battle.

Portuguese prop Francisco Bruno believes the team has to step up this weekend as a matter of respect towards the club and the supporters: “We are really looking forward to play in front of our home crowd at Dockham Road again. Our supporters and everyone involved at the Club deserve way more than two poor losses, we need to regain their respect and trust by performing well on the field this weekend. We still have a lot to prove in terms of character and team cohesion but as long as we follow our leaders, I believe we are able to show our true potential.”

NameFrancisco Bruno
BirthdayMay 28, 1995
Hometown Setubal


Francisco João Lucio Bruno, Cinderford’s new Portuguese tighthead prop proves to be an exciting young talent at only 20, having had several caps for Portugal under 16s, 18s, 19s and 20s. He adds some strength to the front row and will be aiming to adapt his game and scrummaging to the English game.

Height: 179cm

Weight: 114kg


One to Watch: Sam Hanks

Despite the disappointing results in the first two games, Sam has made a good start to the season and plays a crucial part of Cinderford’s success in the midfield. Having already started his score tally, let’s hope he performs even better this weekend!

NameSam Hanks
BirthdayJune 29, 1994
Hometown Bristol


After a strong 2014/2015 campaign, Cinderford will be counting on the centre to replicate such performances and help the team achieve a successful 2015/2016 campaign. The coaches will look to use Hanks’ growing experience to help incoming players adapt to National 1 rugby as quickly as possible.

Height: 182cm

Weight: 92kg



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