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."
Previewing Friday evening's local derby at Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell told the local media that Gloucester's preparations have gone well and that the whole squad is united in trying to finish the season on a high.
Speaking to GRTV this week, Acting Head Coach Jonny Bell spoke of his pleasure in the efforts and intensity in training from the squad after a tricky few weeks. The team were preparing for big games with Bristol and Cardiff in coming weeks.
Willi Heinz was understandably and visibly disappointed when he spoke to GRTV after the 27-30 home defeat to Harlequins, apologising to the home support as the game slipped away after seemingly having the game under control.
Speaking to the local media this week, Scottish centre Matt Scott spoke of the squad's determination to put in a big home performance against Harlequins, with vital points up for grabs in the hunt for a Top Six spot this Saturday (KO 3pm)
Looking ahead to Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Harlequins (kick off 3pm), Head Coach Laurie Fisher told the local media that Gloucester will need to be on top of their game in a match which has big implications in terms of top six ambitions.
A big few days for the Gloucester-Hartpury Women side. First came the news that the team will compete in Women's Super Rugby next season, and on Saturday the team will play Worcester Ladies IIs at Kingsholm. Centre Hannah Jones and wing Michelle Ruddock spoke to GRTV this week to reflect on events.
Speaking to the local media after the 35-22 loss at Wasps, lock Tom Savage spoke of his disappointment at the result, with Gloucester left to rue a number of missed opportunities against a clinical home side.
Speaking after his return from England duty, Gloucester winger Jonny May reflected on England winning the Six Nations Championship, if not the Grand Slam, and what he needs to focus on to get back into the starting line-up.