GLOUCESTER'S England full-back Olly Morgan has become the latest high profile name to commit his long-term future to the current Guinness Premiership league leaders.
Morgan has pledged his future to Kingsholm until 2010 - signing a new two-year contract extension with Dean Ryan's side. The former Millfield School pupil joined Gloucester in 2004 and has since made 47 appearances in all competitions with 10 tries.
The 22-year-old, who has two England caps, believes he is in the perfect position to challenge for major honours with Gloucester and also press his international ambitions and hopes to be back in action in March following a shoulder injury.
"Like a lot of the other young players at the club, Gloucester is the only professional environment I have ever known and I just wouldn't want to be anywhere else," he said.
"We truly believe we are building something special with this group of players - a place in Gloucester's history that will hopefully be remembered for a long time and I want to play my part in that.
"There are so many fantastic players in the squad that it stretches and tests your abilities every day. That is a tremendous strength of the club and will hopefully not only make me a better player but others too.
"The coaches have a clear vision about what they want for the club in the long-term and that is why I had no hesitation in signing."
Renowned for his bravery, expertise under the high ball and ability to break from deep Morgan is one of the finest young players in the country and had he not injured his shoulder on England duty against Ireland last season, may well have already added to his cap tally.
He has shared the full-back duties this year with Iain Balshaw and has so far made eight appearances, including three tries.
"Olly has proved since he broke into the senior squad that he has what it takes to become a top-class full-back," said head coach Dean Ryan. "He is another player we wanted to retain very much because he represents the future of Gloucester and the England game in general.
"He is brave, committed and improving all the time in a group of young players who are really starting to mature. It is great for him and great for the club the deal has been concluded as quickly as it has been.
"I have said before we are making it our business to re-sign these guys and I am delighted it has been completed."
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
Speaking to the local media this week, front rower John Afoa is familiar with the challenge of Connacht from his time in Belfast, and the World Cup winner is fully aware of the challenge they pose ahead of Sunday's meeting in the Champions Cup play off
Speaking ahead of Gloucester's European Rugby Champions play-off against Connacht on Sunday (Kingsholm, 3:30pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys admitted that he's glad to have more players available than in recent weeks ahead of a tough fixture.
Nick Wood captained the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, and the experienced front rower expressed his pride in the young squad in defeat to Bath on the final day of the Aviva Premiership season.
Lewis Ludlow scored Gloucester's opening try in the 30-50 defeat at Bath on Saturday, part of an impressive performance by the young back row forward. Speaking after the game, he paid tribute to the young Gloucester side who went toe to toe with the Aviva Premiership semi-finalists.
Speaking to the local media after the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys gave an honest assessment of the game, and expressed his pride in the way his young charges had performed against the title-chasing hosts.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby scrum half Callum Braley is excited by the challenge of the West Country Derby, and the ex-Bristol man reveals the squad will be giving their all.
Gloucester Rugby is delighted to confirm that 18 year old Mat Protheroe, a product of Hartpury College and one of the brightest young talents in the English game, has signed a senior contract at Kingsholm.
At the recent London Irish game, personnel from the Imjin Barracks in Innsworth, including Gurkhas, were present, holding a collection to raise funds for ShelterBox to aid relief from the recent Nepal Earthquake Appeal.