Gloucester Rugby are delighted to announce that England international number eight Ben Morgan has signed a new contract to extend his stay at Kingsholm.
Morgan, who was named recently as the winner of the QBE Man of the Series Award for his performances for England in the Autumn internationals, is currently in his third season with Gloucester.
Born in Bristol, Morgan started his rugby career at Dursley RFC, but made his breakthrough at senior level with the Scarlets. He could have qualified for Wales under residency rules but opted to play for England, the country of his birth, and has gone on to win 27 caps for his country.
He moved to Gloucester in the summer of 2013 and has already made nearly 50 first team appearances for the club.
He is the third current England international to agree a new contract with the club this season, following in the footsteps of Matt Kvesic and Jonny May, and his commitment is a real endorsement of the club's ambitions says
Director of Rugby, David Humphreys.
"We're absolutely delighted that Ben has signed a new contract with the club. He's a key part of our plans going forward and it was very important to us to secure his services.
"He's been in excellent form in recent months, both for club and country, and seems to be enjoying his rugby hugely.
"Most importantly though, he is happy with the direction that we're heading in and with our ambitions for the club. He wants to be part of that going forward and we're delighted that he's on board."
Morgan, himself, confirmed that he's very happy to put pen to paper and able to focus on his rugby.
"Having been away with England for a few weeks in the Autumn, it was great to come back to Gloucester and sign a new contract. I'm really grateful to the club for the smooth way it's been handled.
"Everyone knows how much Gloucester Rugby means to me and my family, so I'm delighted to be staying. I'm enjoying my rugby and being part of a talented group of players that are improving week by week.
"I genuinely believe that there is a bright future for the club, and look forward to being part of that. I can now focus on my game and playing my part in the club's future. It's very exciting."
Gloucester have been in good form in recent weeks, but Backs Coach Tim Taylor knows that the Cherry and Whites will have to be at their best on Thursday evening (kick off 7:45pm) against a Stade Rochelais side flying high this season.
Speaking to GRTV after the bonus point win over Bristol, back row Lewis Ludlow revealed that despite a tricky first half, Gloucester backed their skills to come through, a faith that was evident in a strong second half showing.
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
After taking 11 points from their last three games in the Aviva Premiership, including bonus point wins against Wasps and Bristol, Gloucester will be looking to continue their good form when they welcome La Rochelle to Kingsholm.
Having named an unchanged starting XV for the past three Aviva Premiership games, Gloucester Rugby ring the changes and retain only five players for Thursday's visit of Stade Rochelais in the European Rugby Challenge Cup (kick off 7:45pm).