Academy Squad | Profiles

  • Rory Bartle

    Rory Bartle

    DoB1996-03-08 BirthplacePontypridd Height () Weight () PositionLock

    Rory Bartle
  • Joe Batley

    Joe Batley

    DoB Birthplace Height2.00 m (6' 7") Weight115 kg (18 st 1 lb) PositionBack row

    Joe Batley
  • Callum Braley

    Callum Braley

    DoB1994-03-23 BirthplaceBristol Height1.78 m (5' 10") Weight82 kg (12 st 12 lb) PositionScrum Half

    Callum joins Gloucester Rugby in summer 2014 from Bristol Rugby.

    Played his early rugby with St Mary's Old Boys, but made his name locally when a student at Hartpury College.

    Has been an England age group international from U16 level upwards and skippered the successful defence of England U20s Junior World Championship in June 2014.

    A skilful scrum half, he will provide competition for Greig Laidlaw and Dan Robson and strength in depth at half back.

    Callum Braley
  • Luke Cole

    Luke Cole

    DoB1993-11-07 BirthplaceHalifax Height1.75 m (5' 9") Weight97 kg (15 st 3 lb) PositionHooker

    20 year old Luke moves south to join the Gloucester Rugby Academy from Leeds Carnegie.

    He is a hooker and former Prince Henry’s pupil who has represented Yorkshire, North of England and England A and was also in the Bradford Bulls Scholarship squad.

    Luke Cole
  • Lloyd Evans

    Lloyd Evans

    DoB1995-12-14 BirthplaceGloucester Height () Weight () PositionFly Half

    Cheltenham born Evans has made a real name for himself over the past 12 months.

    A pupil at Dean Close School, he has been a regular for the Gloucester U18s side and also represented England U18s.

    A reliable goal kicker, he made his senior debut for Gloucester in the LV= Cup at Northampton in November 2013.

    Lloyd Evans
  • James Gibbons

    James Gibbons

    DoB1993-09-21 BirthplaceBurton on Trent Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight112 kg (17 st 8 lb) PositionProp

     

    Promising front row forward who has been learning his rugby at Hartpury RFC and impressed whilst playing for Gloucester United in the Aviva Premiership A League

    James Gibbons
  • Will Goodrick-Clarke

    Will Goodrick-Clarke

    DoB1995-12-29 BirthplaceBromley Height () Weight () PositionProp

    Will Goodrick-Clarke
  • Will Hayward

    Will Hayward

    DoB1995-12-18 Birthplace Height () Weight () PositionFull Back

    Will Hayward
  • Tom Hicks

    Tom Hicks

    DoB1991-10-25 BirthplaceRhineland Height2.03 m (6' 8") Weight104 kg (16 st 5 lb) PositionLock

    A giant young lock signed from the academy at Northampton Saints.

    A real asset in the lineout, Tom was on a dual-registration contract with Cinderford RFC in 2013-14 and featured occasionally in the first team matchday squad.

    In June 2014, Tom flew to New Zealand to spend time on loan with the Tasman Makos.

    Tom Hicks
  • Jonny Hill

    Jonny Hill

    DoB1994-06-08 Birthplace Height2.01 m (6' 7") Weight102 kg (16 st 0 lb) PositionSecond row

    Talented lock who joined the Gloucester Academy after impressing with the Hartpury RFC and College sides.

    Started out at Luctonians RFC and was part of the England U20s side for the 2013/14 season, featuring in the Six Nations campaign but missing out on the Junior World Championship due to injury.

    Jonny Hill
  • Lewis Ludlow

    Lewis Ludlow

    DoB1994-09-11 Birthplace Height1.89 m (6' 2") Weight96 kg (15 st 1 lb) PositionBack row

    Young flanker held in very high regard at Kingsholm.

    Impressed for Hartpury College and toured with England U18s in South Africa in summer 2013.

    Lewis featured in the Aviva Premiership A League for Gloucester United in the early stages of 2013-14 and was named in the England U20s Six Nations squad.

    Made his first team debut in the friendly against Japan and made his first competitive appearances in the LV= Cup, unfortunately suffering a knee injury at the Scarlets which caused him to miss the Junior World Championship. 

    Lewis Ludlow
  • Bill Meakes

    Bill Meakes

    DoB1991-02-23 BirthplaceManly Height1.88 m (6' 2") Weight100 kg (15 st 10 lb) PositionWing

    Australian born Bill linked up with Gloucester in early 2014 having played for Clifton Rugby since his arrival in the UK.

    He made his first team debut as a replacement in the LV= Cup game at home to London Wasps at the beginning of February, and his Aviva Premiership debut against the same club in The Stinger at Twickenham in April.

    Bill Meakes
  • Charlie Norman

    Charlie Norman

    DoB1995-09-18 BirthplaceReading Height () Weight () PositionFly Half

    Charlie Norman
  • Henry Purdy

    Henry Purdy

    DoB1994-05-21 BirthplaceOxford Height1.85 m (6' 1") Weight93 kg (14 st 8 lb) PositionWing

    Henry moves to Gloucester from Leicester Tigers in the summer of 2014.

    Educated at Burford School and Cokethorpe School, Oxford-born Henry first played when seven at Chipping Norton RFC and went on to appear for Oxfordshire Schools U16 and U18, South West U18 and England U18 Clubs and Schools.

    A hard running winger, he represented England U20s in the 2013 and 2014 Six Nations campaigns. Was also a member of the squad that won the Junior World Championship in 2013 and 2014.

    Henry Purdy
  • Steph Reynolds

    Steph Reynolds

    DoB1993-10-23 BirthplaceNewport Height1.75 m (5' 9") Weight75 kg (11 st 11 lb) PositionWing

    Steph, is another product of the Gloucester Rugby/ Hartpury College partnership.

    Capable of covering wing and full back, he is a try scoring threat from anywhere on the pitch.

    Caught the eye with his try scoring exploits in the JP Morgan 7s and World Club 7s in August 2013.

    Steph Reynolds
  • Will Safe

    Will Safe

    DoB1996-06-11 BirthplaceStratton,Cornwall Height () Weight () PositionBack Row

    Will Safe
  • Jack Spencer

    Jack Spencer

    DoB1996-03-27 BirthplaceGloucester Height () Weight () PositionProp

    Jack Spencer
  • Daniel Thomas

    Daniel Thomas

    DoB1993-10-11 BirthplaceCroesyceiliog Height1.83 m (6' 0") Weight95 kg (14 st 13 lb) PositionBack Row

    Daniel Thomas
  • Ollie Thorley

    Ollie Thorley

    DoB1996-09-11 BirthplaceCamden Height () Weight () PositionCentre

    A student at Cheltenham College, Ollie is one of the Academy's brightest young prospects.

    A regular for the Gloucester U18 side, Ollie became the youngest player to play for the first team in the professional era when he played the full 80 minutes in the LV= Cup fixture at Northampton Saints in November 2013.

    As a rounded and highly promising sportsman, he is a first team hockey player at his college as well as playing water polo, rowing and doing athletics, at which he has represented Gloucestershire and swimming.

    His great uncle Martin Britt played football for West Ham United and, as for role models, he lists Jamie Roberts, Brian O’Driscoll, Conrad Smith and Mike Tindall. He also rates Kingsholm as ‘unique.’

    Ollie Thorley
  • Sam Underhill

    Sam Underhill

    DoB1996-07-22 BirthplaceWashington DC Height () Weight () PositionFlanker

    A pupil at Sir Thomas Rich's school, Sam was the Gloucester U18s skipper in 2013-14 and made his first team debut against London Wasps in the LV= Cup.

    Showed his leadership skills when he skipped England U18s to a third consecutive FIRA/AER title in Poland in April 2014.

    Sam Underhill
  • Ben Vellacott

    Ben Vellacott

    DoB1995-03-28 BirthplaceChertsey,Surrey Height1.65 m (5' 5") Weight74 kg (11 st 8 lb) PositionScrum Half

    Vellacott has played for Scotland at U17 and U18 levels and made his Scotland under-20 debut off the bench against Ireland in January 2014, scoring his side's only try, in the final minutes.

    A former pupil of Ivybridge College, he also represented Devon at under-15 and under-18 levels and was a member of both Exeter Chiefs and Worcester Warriors academies.

    Currently studying Sports Coaching at Hartpury College, whom he turns out for in addition to Worcester Warriors, he was a National Schools under-13 Athletics champion at 100m.

    Ben Vellacott
  • James Voss

    James Voss

    DoB1994-07-22 Birthplace- Height1.98 m (6' 6") Weight110 kg (17 st 4 lb) PositionLock

    James moves to Gloucester from Jersey RFC in the summer of 2014 as the first recipient of the Gloucester-Hartpury scholarship.

    The scholarship covers his accommodation and tuition fees, meaning that Voss will study a foundation degree in Sports Business management at Hartpury College as well as developing his burgeoning rugby career with the Gloucester Rugby and the Hartpury Senior Rugby programme.

    Voss, a 19 year old forward impressed in 2013-14 for Greene King Championship side Jersey after making his debut against Newcastle Falcons aged just 18, a game where he was also named Man of the Match.

    James Voss
  • Alex Woodburn

    Alex Woodburn

    DoB1992-05-02 Birthplace Height1.77 m (5' 10") Weight90 kg (14 st 2 lb) PositionBack row

    Flanker Alex is the brother of Bath winger Ollie.

    Like fellow Gloucester Rugby Academy members Tom Ailes and Rob Langley, he is a regular in the Hartpury RFC side whilst studying at Hartpury College.  

    Alex Woodburn