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."
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
Talk about a game of two halves. Things looked grim on Saturday as Gloucester trailed 0-6 to Bristol at half-time. However, Matt Scott's eighth try of the season got Gloucester off and running, and the visitors fell apart as the Cherry and Whites eased to a 26-18 bonus point Aviva Premiership win.