Gloucester’s success depends on three players:Forrester

James Forrester says that says Gloucester’s season could end on a high if injured backs James Simpson-Daniel, Mike Tindall and Iain Balshaw can return.

The retired eight is under no illusions about how important the the trio are in adding that cutting edge and organisation to the Cherry and Whites.

Forrester says that watching his team mates carrying on playing has been a painful process for him to watch after he was forced to retire before Christmas but adds that he is desperate to finally see them succeed.

“It’s absolutely massive that they get Tinds, Sinbad and Balsh back,” he told the Gloucester Citizen.

“The young guys who have come in have stepped up and done really well, but you can’t legislate for the experience of those three.

“Tinds runs the defence and the other two are the biggest attacking threats. Without them it’s a tough ask.”

Forrester added that the return of other injured players has been crucial and that he hopes their form can continue to grow.

“It’s great to see the likes of Gareth Delve and Akapusi Qera back and playing again,” he said.

“And also Andy Hazell. He is putting in some brilliant performances.

“They are in a position where they can do some damage if they push on into the end of the season.

“Some results haven’t been great, but if they can peak at the right time, then who knows?”

Forrester was at the core of the Gloucester team that topped the Guinness Premiership three times but failed to go all the way by winning the Premiership trophy.

He knows better than most that success is based on getting big players to be fit and in form at the right time and Forrester says that with he EDF Energy Cup final against Cardiff coming up and then league clashes with Worcester and Wasps the timing could be just right.

“If you look back at all the teams who have won things in recent years they’ve all had their best players available,” he said.

“If Gloucester can do the same, there’s no reason why they can’t do it this season.”

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