Anthony Allen, one of the country's top young rugby talents, has signed professional terms with Gloucester Rugby Club.
18 year-old Allen, who is a member of England's Junior National Academy, is currently completing his studies at Somerset-based Millfield School before joining the Kingsholm club in the summer.
The young centre has represented England U19s for the last two years, and partnered Mathew Tait in his country's midfield in the age group's World Cup in South Africa in 2004.
Commenting on http://www.gloucesterrugbyclub.com/ director of rugby Nigel Melville said: "Anthony is a quality young centre. The Club's recruitment process is about getting the right balance of experienced players and also ensuring we're signing the best young talents in the game, and Anthony is certainly one of those."
Allen joins a number of other former Millfield pupils to sign for Gloucester in recent years, with both Will Matthews and Olly Morgan, who are currently part of the England U21 set-up making the move up the M5.
Talking to the Club's official website after signing his contract Allen, who is a current England U19 team mate of young Gloucester star Ryan Lamb, said: "It's rugby, rugby, rugby in Gloucester, and I want to be part of that. Everyone has heard how important the game is to the area, and that rubs off on players.
"Gloucester have quality players in their squad, and with people like Mike Tindall joining in the summer, there's some pretty exciting times ahead.
"My main focus over the next few months is to get my 'A' level results at school, and then look forward to the pre-season up in Gloucester."
Anthony Allen Profile:
Date of birth: 01.09.84
Place of birth: Southampton
Height: 1.80m (5ft 11")
Weight: 90kg (14st 2lb)
School: Millfield ('A' Levels) and Clayesmore School
Representative honours: England U16, U19 (including 2004 World Cup)
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.