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."
Gloucester travel to Oyonnax for the second round of the European Rugby Challenge Cup on Saturday evening, and Director of Rugby David Humphreys is expecting a big test from the French side, feeling that their league position doesn't reflect their recent performances.
Speaking exclusively to Gloucester Rugby TV, Matt Kvesic explained that his decision to extend his contract at Kingsholm was a simple one and that he was hugely excited for the future in Cherry and White.
Speaking after the 55-0 win over CA Brive, Jonny May told GRTV that he's delighted that the team's hard work is starting to pay dividends but was equally happy for his friend and team mate, Charlie Sharples, on what was a big night for his fellow winger.
Speaking to the local media this week, David Humphreys insisted that Gloucester are looking forward to kicking off the new European Rugby Challenge Cup against Brive on Thursday evening, although an unfamiliar opponent and a five day turnaround will pose a challenge.