Rory Lawson is delighetd to be in the Guinness Premiership
RORY LAWSON has insisted the chance to play his rugby in the Guinness Premiership was simply too good to turn down - and believes the English league is 'centre stage in the rugby world.'
Gloucester's new recruit from the Edinburgh Gunners, who begins his two-year Kingsholm contract in the summer, also praised the ambition and commitment of coaches Dean Ryan and Bryan Redpath as major reasons for moving south.
The 24-year-old is currently in Australia preparing for the Commonwealth Games, but told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk. "Dean Ryan and Bryan Redpath certainly made things easier for me. They were just so positive about everything, are hugely ambitious and very committed to the club. Overall, they made it a very attractive option for me to join a club that is really building.
"My Dad [former Scotland star Alan Lawson] came down and played for London Scottish and never regretted it. He said the competition was excellent and these days the Guinness Premiership is at the centre stage of the rugby world.
"I didn't want to look back at my career and regret I didn't attempt to play at that level. The decision to leave is always difficult but in the end I knew I had to make it to further my career."
Lawson has made five appearances for the Gunners this season but is behind Scotland's first choice number nine Mike Blair in the pecking order.
But with Blair's involvement in the Six Nations, Lawson captained the side in their last two games, against Cardiff and Ulster. The former Heriots FP star who is the grandson of commentator Bill McLaren, has scored two tries for Edinburgh and has helped them to third spot in the Celtic League this season.
"It was frustrating at Edinburgh with Mike Blair up there too," he said. "He has obviously been in outstanding form this season but when I was given my chance, I thought I made the most of the opportunities.
"I thought I had shown my hand in that sort of environment but to get the chance in the Premiership at a club like Gloucester is fantastic and I am really looking forward to the challenges it will throw at me.
"There is no such thing as a comfort zone in the Premiership and I am really excited about stretching and pushing myself to the limit.
"Gloucester is a massive club with an incredible tradition and I hope I can add to that next season."
Speaking to the local media this week, John Afoa described the hard work that the Cherry and White have been putting in and that he is fighting fit ready for Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final clash with Exeter Chiefs.
Gloucester Rugby face Exeter Chiefs this Saturday in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final, and Charlie Sharples, who starts at full back is relishing the challenge of the big Kingsholm occasion.
Gloucester meet the Exeter Chiefs for the fourth time in competitive action this weekend, this time in the semi-final of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. Director of Rugby David Humphreys told the local media this week that this is the sort of game that Gloucester want to be involved in on a regular basis and that he and his team are looking forward to it.
Following the 29-26 loss to Harlequins, club captain Billy Twelvetrees spoke of his disappointment that the Cherry and Whites were unable to cash in on the home side's indiscipline and lose a lead on Saturday afternoon.
Number eight Gareth Evans admitted to a collective feeling of frustration as Gloucester lost narrowly at Harlequins on Saturday, but insisted that there are plenty of positives to draw upon ahead of next Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final at home to Exeter.
Gloucester travel to the Stoop on Saturday afternoon to take on Harlequins in the Aviva Premiership. The Cherry and Whites make just two changes from last weekend's win over Connacht as they seek consistency and continuity in their play as Nick Walshe told the local media this week.
The Gloucester Rugby Ticket office can advise that the club's initial allocation of tickets for the European Rugby Challenge Cup Final has sold out. However, the club has secured an additional allocation of tickets from EPCR which will go on sale on Monday.
Following Saturday evening's exciting European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final victory over Exeter Chiefs, the Ticket Office at Kingsholm will be open on Sunday from 11am to 3pm for Club Members to purchase tickets for the Final.
Gloucester Rugby qualified for their first European final since 2006 as they defeated the in-form Exeter Chiefs by 30 points to 19 in a thrilling semi-final at Kingsholm on Saturday evening. The club photographer caught the best of the action.
Recent meetings between these two teams have often been thrillers, and this was no exception. It went down to the final few minutes, but Gloucester produced the goods when it mattered to qualify for the European Rugby Challenge Cup Final, beating Exeter 30-19.