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."
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
Matt Kvesic was a try scorer and recipient of the Man of the Match award in Sunday's 35-10 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over Zebre. He praised the Italian side for their spirited opposition and admitted that next week's return game will be a tough one.
After a tense opening half hour in Parma, the game turned just before half time as the home team had David Odiete red carded and Gloucester took full advantage, running in three second half tries to secure the bonus point and the victory over Zebre by 32 points to 16.