ONE OF the brightest talents at Gloucester Rugby - England Under-21 star Ryan Lamb - has agreed a contract extension until 2008.
The vastly gifted stand-off, who was named man of the match against Italy Under-21s in the Six Nations Championship, has signed a new one-year extension to keep him at his home-town club.
The 19-year-old, he will be 20 in May, told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk "I am really happy with the contract extension. It is going pretty well for me at the club and it's great they have put a bit of faith in me.
"My job now is to push for a place in the side. I just want to keep on playing, keep on learning how to run a game at the top level and convince the coaches I can play in the Premiership.
"Playing Under-21 rugby has been great and I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience of representing my country but my aim is to get recognition at club level."
Lamb graduated to Gloucester from St Peter's School and has been a regular and illuminating figure in the Guinness A League in the number 10 shirt.
Head coach Dean Ryan added: "Ryan is one of the most naturally gifted footballers in the squad and we want to continue his development.
"He has the potential to become a Premiership player and he is the sort of individual we want at this club going forward.
"We know he offers us a great deal as a footballer and I am delighted he has pledged his future to us."
Speaking to the local media about the local derby against Bath at the Rec on Friday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys acknowledged that it will be a tough encounter but hugely exciting at the same time and one the squad are looking forward to.
A visibly disappointed Billy Twelvetrees admitted that it was a very sombre Gloucester dressing room as a last minute try and conversion condemned the Cherry and Whites to an 18-19 defeat against Leicester Tigers on Saturday.
A disappointed Tom Savage told GRTV, after the 18-19 defeat at home to the Leicester Tigers, that the whole Gloucester team had put in a fantastic effort, but just couldn't find the extra one or two percent necessary to put away a top side.
Speaking after the narrow loss to Leicester Tigers on Saturday afternoon, David Humphreys says despite there being a lot of good in Gloucester's performance, he rued the failure to close the game out, as well as thanking the home support
Kiwi second row Jeremy Thrush is thoroughly enjoying his time in Cherry and White so far, and this weekend the Leicester Tigers are the visitors to Kingsholm, and the All Black is massively excited about the challenge.
After two wins in the European Rugby Challenge Cup, securing a home quarter-final, David Humphreys told the local media this week that Gloucester are coming into Saturday's game in good physical shape having rotated the squad. However, he and the squad are prepared for a tough encounter against the Tigers.
Speaking to GRTV after the 14-11 win in Zebre on Saturday, Bill Meakes acknowledged that Zebre had forced Gloucester to dig very deep to earn the win and made a point of thanking the tremendous travelling support.
Speaking after the 14-11 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Zebre in Parma, Scrum Coach Trevor Woodman admitted that Gloucester hadn't been at their best against a very tough opponent, but had just enough about them to earn the win.
Speaking to GRTV ahead of this weekend's trip to Zebre, scrum half Willi Heinz is expecting a tough challenge from the Guinness Pro12 outfit as the Cherry and Whites look to make it six pool stage victories.
John Afoa returns to the Gloucester Rugby starting line up to take on Bath Rugby at the Rec in the Aviva Premiership on Friday evening, one of three changes to the side that started against Leicester last weekend.
Great news this afternoon as Cherry and White duo Mat Protheroe and Ollie Thorley have been named to start for England as they open up their Under 20 Six Nations campaign against Scotland in Glasgow this Friday
A number of Gloucester Rugby's Academy players will be part of a Hartpury Rugby squad which will travel to Pennyhill Park on Thursday to train with Eddie Jones' England side in their build up to take on Scotland.
Gloucester Rugby's U18s side made it six wins from six this season in the U18 Premiership Rugby competition with a 36-28 win at Northampton last Saturday. Head of Academy, Neil McCarthy, reflected on their progress today.