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.
As Gloucester prepare for their 39th game of the season, against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday, David Humphreys told the local media that this week has been all about getting the players mentally and physically ready after a tough game against Connacht last Sunday.
Speaking to GRTV after the 40-32 victory over Connacht on Sunday, skipper Billy Twelvetrees explained that Gloucester had had to learn to be patient and cut out the errors to earn the win and progress to next weekend's final play-off against Bordeaux-Begles.
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.
Tongan international forward Sione Kalamafoni returns after injury to take up his usual place in the back row as Gloucester look to finish their season on a high against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways on Sunday.
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.