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)
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.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).