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)
Fly-half Billy Burns was named Man of the Match after the 35-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup victory over Stade Rochelais on Thursday evening, and was full of praise for all his team mates for the win after a short turnaround.
Gloucester have been in good form in recent weeks, but Backs Coach Tim Taylor knows that the Cherry and Whites will have to be at their best on Thursday evening (kick off 7:45pm) against a Stade Rochelais side flying high this season.
Speaking to GRTV after the bonus point win over Bristol, back row Lewis Ludlow revealed that despite a tricky first half, Gloucester backed their skills to come through, a faith that was evident in a strong second half showing.
Willi Heinz scored Gloucester's second try as the Cherry and Whites overturned a disappointing first 40 minutes and 0-6 half time deficit, to earn a 26-18 Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol Rugby on Saturday.
Gloucester's much changed side had to overcome conceding an early try on Thursday evening, but responded in style to down Stade Rochelais by 35 points to 14 in the European Rugby Challenge Cup and set up a mouthwatering return fixture next weekend.
After taking 11 points from their last three games in the Aviva Premiership, including bonus point wins against Wasps and Bristol, Gloucester will be looking to continue their good form when they welcome La Rochelle to Kingsholm.