GLOUCESTER RUGBY'S rising stars Charlie Sharples and Dan Norton have signed one-year contracts with the club for the 2008-2009 season.
The exciting pair have been on loan at Moseley this season and 19-year-old Sharples has already made two Guinness Premiership appearances following his debut against London Irish last month.
"I'm really excited to be joining the club on a full-time basis - this is what I have been working towards since I started playing rugby - and to have the opportunity to play for Gloucester is fantastic," he told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk
"We have an amazing group of players and just to be a part of the squad is great. But my job has only just started and I am sure working with the calibre of coaches Gloucester have means I can only get better in the future."
Norton also made his Guinness Premiership debut off the bench against London Irish and is Moseley top try scorer with eight tries in 16 appearances. He represented England Under-18s last season and has been a key member of Gloucester's A League side. He was also a member of England's Grand Slam winning squad this season.
Gloucester Academy manager Mark Cornwell, added: "Our development scheme with the Academy set-up alongside that of Moseley is hugely important in the progression of players we believe can be a success at senior level.
"Our aim is to continue to identify and improve the best young players and both Charlie and Dan fit into that category. They have all the credentials to become a very good players with Gloucester."
Gloucester's head coach Dean Ryan said: "Charlie and Dan are up and coming players who have the ability to become successful for Gloucester in the future at Guinness Premiership level. They have already experienced top-flight rugby and that is fantastic for them.
"We have made it our business to attract and sign some of the best young players in the country and Charlie and Dan fit into that bracket."
Sharples scored a hat-trick in the Daily Mail final when playing for St Peter's and in 11 appearances for Moseley this season has scored four tries. Norton has also represented England's second string sevens squad.
"We're always looking for young players who we think can develop and this is the next development in that process," Ryan added.
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.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
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).