GLOUCESTER Rugby have completed a revised contract with Hartpury College prop Jack Forster.
Originally on a one-year deal that expired next summer, head coach Dean Ryan has moved quickly to secure the services of the 18-year-old tighthead until June 2007 following a series of impressive displays in the Guinness A League.
Forster is in his first year of an Agriculture and Land Management degree at Hartpury after switching from Sale. He has already represented England at Under-16 and 18 level and is now a member of the Junior National Academy.
"We have already seen enough potential to know we want him around in the future," Ryan told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk. "It was an opportunity for us to show confidence in him and now he has a great foundation from which to learn over the next two years."
Forster produced a rounded contribution during Gloucester's victory over Bristol on Monday night - scrummaging well, carrying possession and tackling effectively - to delight Ryan and Academy coach Carl Douglas.
And Forster added: "Obviously to get a contract was something I really wanted to do and to have done it so soon is fantastic. I just wanted to make an impact and to show people what I could do - in my rugby and my college course.
"I have got tremendous people to learn from like Phil Vickery and one-on-one sessions with Patrice Collazo and everything is going well for me at the club and the college."
Speaking to GRTV this week, Director of Rugby David Humphreys reflected on last week's win in La Rochelle as well as an A League semi-final triumph, but insisted that focus has quickly switched to Sunday's crucial Aviva Premiership fixture at Bath.
Speaking to GRTV after the 40-29 Aviva A League win over Wasps Rugby, Academy Coach Rich Whiffin explained his pride in the squad to overcome a strong opponent and book their spot in next week's Aviva A League final.
Willi Heinz returned from injury to skipper Gloucester to a famous 16-14 win over Stade Rochelais on Saturday evening. Speaking after the game in France, Heinz admitted the win wasn't pretty but was full of courage and a great result for the club.
Billy Burns contributed all Gloucester's points in the 16-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup win in La Rochelle on Saturday evening, but dedicated the victory to the whole squad whilst also praising the travelling support.
Speaking after Gloucester's brave 16-14 win against Stade Rochelais which clinches a European Rugby Challenge Cup final spot, Director of Rugby David Humphreys paid tribute to the way the team had executed the game plan in a hostile environment against quality opposition.
Greig Laidlaw returns to the Gloucester Rugby squad this week, and his inclusion is an important one after a serious ankle injury. The Scottish scrum half is determined to drive the team forward in their European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final in La Rochelle this Saturday.
Gloucester take on La Rochelle in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final in France on Saturday evening, with the Top 14 side the favourites in the eyes of the bookmakers. However, David Humphreys is looking for his side to rise to the occasion against a familiar opponent.
Local junior rugby teams had the honour of trotting out onto the Kingsholm pitch on Saturday morning, with over 400 young players representing their local clubs in the finals of the Wooden Spoon Charity Floodlit Tournament.