Gloucester Rugby Club has confirmed the signing of England international Mike Tindall on a three-year contract.
The 26 year-old centre will join up with the Kingsholm club in the summer after his contract with Bath finishes at the end of the current campaign.
Tindall has made 85 Zurich Premiership appearances for Bath, scoring 26 tries, and has 41 England caps to his name.
Commenting on www.gloucesterrugbyclub.com director of rugby Nigel Melville said: "It was a big decision for Mike to make the move and we're delighted he's going to be part of the future at Kingsholm. He's a quality player and everyone at Gloucester is looking forward to his arrival in the summer."
Gloucester's chairman Tom Walkinshaw was delighted with the signing and added: "Nigel and myself met with Mike and we spoke about his hopes and ambitions and our plans for the Club, and he wanted to be part of that. This is a major signing for the Club as Mike is a world-class centre."
The World Cup winning centre is unavailable for Bath's forthcoming fixtures against Gloucester in the Zurich Premiership (19 Feb) and in the Powergen Cup semi-final (6 March), after undergoing surgery on his foot.
Tindall underwent an operation on Wednesday on a stress fracture in his right foot, and the medical experts were pleased with the results.
Tindall has played at Kingsholm with Bath on a number of occasions and is looking forward to becoming part of the Gloucester set-up.
"Kingsholm is a great place to play rugby. The crowd are very vocal and they put a lot of pressure on the opposition, making it even more difficult to win there. It'll be good to be on the other side of that wearing the Gloucester shirt."
Tindall and his family have known Gloucester director of rugby Nigel Melville for a long time having both had connections with the Otley club.
"I've known Nigel for a number of years and it made it a little easier when we first started speaking about me joining Gloucester.
"This move was a very difficult decision to make. On one hand I've got a lot of friends from my eight years at Bath and on the other hand I'm delighted with the chance to play for Gloucester."
Mike Tindall Profile: Born: 18 Oct 1978
Height: 6ft 2in
Weight: 16st 8lb
International honours: England (41 caps)
Matt Kvesic, skipper for the night at Newcastle, praised the young and reshuffled Gloucester side for their commitment at Kingston Park but regretted the fact that Gloucester couldn't capitalise on an ideal opening to the game.
Speaking with the local media before the Gloucester team set off on the long trip north to Newcastle, Director of Rugby David Humphreys discussed his team selection and stated that Friday night's meeting will be a challenging one.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, Matt Kvesic was looking forward to the trip to Newcastle Falcons, and the captain is looking to lead from the front with plenty for the Cherry and Whites to work on.
Gloucester saw a 12-0 lead overturned by Harlequins on Friday night as the visitors ran out 22-15 winners. After the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke about missed opportunities on the night.
Elton John and his band will visit the home of Gloucester Rugby, Kingsholm Stadium on Sunday 7 June as part of their European tour. This will be Elton's first ever performance in Gloucester and tickets are on general sale from 9am on Friday.
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