GLOUCESTER RUGBY can confirm that Henry Paul has been released from his contract - scheduled to run until June 2007 - and has agreed terms to play rugby league for Harlequins with immediate effect.
Paul joined Gloucester in 2001 from the Bradford Bulls and has made 95 appearances in all competitions, scoring 702 points - including 352 in the 2003-4 season. He has also won six England caps and has made seven appearances for England A.
"On behalf of Gloucester Rugby I would like to wish Henry Paul every success for his future and thank him for the contribution he has made to the team," said Gloucester's head coach Dean Ryan.
"He always gave his utmost and I am sure he will be a great success at Harlequins Rugby League."
Speaking after the game, Charlie Sharples described it as 'the win that has eluded us.' The winger stressed that Gloucester had stayed positive after the first couple of weeks of the Aviva Premiership season and the 26-13 victory over Sale was a result of that focus.
Gloucester Rugby picked up their first win of the new Aviva Premiership season on Friday night, easing to a 26-13 win on the road at Sale Sharks. Director of Rugby David Humphreys was full of praise for his players on the night.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell was on media duties ahead of the Aviva Premiership fixture at Sale Sharks on Friday evening, and spoke about where Gloucester find themselves in terms of their form at the moment as well as how he's viewing their defensive displays so far.
Callum Braley, who skippered Gloucester United to a 22-19 Aviva Premiership A League win over Saracens Storm on Monday evening, paid tribute to his forwards and the younger players in what he described as not the prettiest of wins.
Tickets for Saturday's Aviva Premiership game against Bath Rugby in both the Stowford Press Terrace and also The Shed are now in short supply, although a number of returns from the visitors have just gone back on sale.
A desperately disappointing afternoon for Gloucester who, despite dominating possession and territory, were guilty of failing to make the most of it against a resolute Newcastle defence before the visitors pounced to snatch the win in the second half.