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 this week, front row forward John Afoa spoke of the squad's targets for this weekend's European Rugby Challenge Cup Quarter Final with Cardiff Blues at Kingsholm. Despite taking on new opponents, the squad know the focus is on themselves to get the job done as knockout rugby kicks in.
Gloucester-Hartpury Women take on West Park Leeds Ladies in the final of the Intermediate Cup Final on Saturday. Head Coach Susie Appleby took time out to preview the game and chat about the future for the team.
Number eight Ben Morgan admitted that the 32-14 Aviva Premiership win over Bristol on Friday evening hadn't been pretty at times, but that the win was based on everyone in the squad remaining united and working for each other.
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.
In the aftermath of the Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell was able to look forward to this weekend's European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final against Cardiff Blues (Kingsholm, kick off 8:05pm).