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."
Speaking to GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
Speaking after a last-gasp try from Exeter earned the Chiefs a 27-27 draw at Sandy Park on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted to mixed feelings. The game saw him score a try on his 200th competitive appearance for the club, but the frustration from not closing out the win was clear.
Gloucester made it two wins from two outings in this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup as they outplayed Benetton Treviso at Kingsholm to win by 37 points to 8, the bonus point try coming with the final play of the game.