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 with the local media before the Gloucester team set off on the long trip north to Newcastle, Director of Rugby David Humphreys discussed his team selection and stated that Friday night's meeting will be a challenging one.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, Matt Kvesic was looking forward to the trip to Newcastle Falcons, and the captain is looking to lead from the front with plenty for the Cherry and Whites to work on.
Gloucester saw a 12-0 lead overturned by Harlequins on Friday night as the visitors ran out 22-15 winners. After the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke about missed opportunities on the night.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, James Hudson explained his excitement for tonight's game with Harlequins and that he is backing the Cherry and White squad to impress during the next set of Aviva Premiership games.
20 year old Lewis Ludlow was one of Gloucester's young guns who contributed hugely to the 18-9 LV= Cup win at London Welsh on Sunday afternoon. After the game, he praised his team mates for the massive team effort by an inexperienced side.
There are three changes to Gloucester Rugby's starting line-up for Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Newcastle Falcons. Steve McColl will make his first Premiership start for the club.