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)
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