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 GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
Speaking after a last-gasp try from Exeter earned the Chiefs a 27-27 draw at Sandy Park on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted to mixed feelings. The game saw him score a try on his 200th competitive appearance for the club, but the frustration from not closing out the win was clear.
Gloucester made it two wins from two outings in this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup as they outplayed Benetton Treviso at Kingsholm to win by 37 points to 8, the bonus point try coming with the final play of the game.