Gloucester Rugby can today announce that three of England's current U20s Junior World Championship squad have signed contracts with the club.
The squad are currently in New Zealand preparing to defend their title in Friday's final against South Africa, having topped their pool with an unbeaten record and seeing off the challenge of Ireland in Sunday's semi final.
Billy Burns has put pen to paper on a new deal at the club, and the fly half is joined by two of his current England U20s team mates.
Scrum half Callum Braley, the U20s skipper in New Zealand, moves up the M5 from Bristol Rugby while speedy winger Henry Purdy has moved to Gloucester from Leicester Tigers.
The capture of both Braley and Purdy, as well as the retention of Burns, shows the commitment at the club to developing young English talent.
Burns made his first team debut for the Cherry and Whites in the LV= Cup in 2011 and has since made 8 appearances, including a start at fly half against Worcester Warriors in the Aviva Premiership on the final day of last season.
For much of 2013-14, Burns played a pivotal role in helping Hartpury RFC claim promotion to National League One and proves the ongoing successful link between Hartpury College and Gloucester Rugby.
A try scorer in last season's LV= Cup clash at Scarlets, the hugely talented pivot has spent the summer with England U20s as they attempt to defend their Junior World Championship title in New Zealand.
Meanwhile, joining the club is an exciting new addition in scrum half Callum Braley from Championship side Bristol Rugby.
Braley, who made his first team debut for Bristol at the age of 17, is a past Hartpury College student and has been connected with the Bristol Rugby Academy set up before making the switch to Kingsholm.
Part of the England U20s squad that won the Junior World Championships in France in 2013, Braley is currently captaining the squad in New Zealand this summer.
At Hartpury, Braley helped the College win the AASE League in 2011 and will benefit greatly from working with senior squad scrum halves Greig Laidlaw and Dan Robson.
With two of the regular starting England Under 20s half backs at the club, both Burns and Braley will be looking to develop their half back partnership.
The third member of the Junior World Championship squad that will be donning Cherry and White next season is winger Henry Purdy.
Gloucester Rugby moved swiftly to acquire the services of the winger following the completion of his contract with the Leicester Tigers.
Purdy made his first team debut for the Welford Road club against Saracens in November 2012 having started his rugby career at London Wasps.
Born in Oxford, Purdy represented Oxfordshire U16 and U18s as well as England U18s before being selected for the England U20 squad this summer in New Zealand.
For most of the 2013-14 season, Purdy was dual registered with Championship club Nottingham.
And, of course, a fourth member of the current England U20 squad on duty in New Zealand, Ross Moriarty, is already under contract and set to move up to the first team squad next season.
A Junior World Championship winner in 2013, the powerful back rower featured several times for the Gloucester first team last season as well as playing his part in Hartpury's successful league campaign.
Speaking to the local media this week, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
On a tough evening at Kingsholm, Gloucester could escape neither a suffocating Bath defence, nor the whistle of referee Greg Garner as six penalties and a penalty try paved the way to a 39-16 win for the visitors.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).