Gloucester Rugby has signed Exeter Chiefs scrum-half Haydn Thomas on a two-year contract and Academy winger Mark Foster on a one-year extension.
22 year-old Thomas was a regular member of the promotion chasing Exeter Chiefs side last season, and has represented England students and England U18s.
Commenting on www.gloucesterrugbyclub.com the young scrum-half said: "I wanted to move up another level, and I'm delighted to have that opportunity with a club like Gloucester."
Thomas will be joining a few familiar names at Kingsholm having played alongside Brad Davies and Mark Foster for England students in February this year.
"You only have to mention the name Gloucester, and everyone knows what a great club it is. I know Brad (Davies) and Mark Foster from this year's England students set-up, and I was at Bath's Academy with Jonathan Pendlebury before starting my two years with Exeter."
The young scrum-half is currently completing his final exams of a three-year chemistry degree course at Exeter University, and will join up with the Gloucester squad for pre-season at the end of June.
"I want to push Peter Richards for his place during the season. As a new player, you've got to take the opportunities when they come."
Joining Thomas in the first team squad will be Mark Foster, who has signed a one-year extension, after completing three seasons in the Academy, and becoming a regular member of the first team squad during the 2004/05 season.
The 21 year-old winger, who also played at centre for Gloucester last season, has just completed his third year as part of the Club's Academy process.
Foster made his debut during the 2003/04 Premiership season, and made two starts during the recent campaign, as well as a handful of replacement appearances, including a second half showing in the Wild Card final at Twickenham.
Date of birth: 17.09.82
Height: 1.73m (5' 8")
Weight: 78kg (12st 4lb)
International hons: England U18 Schools, South West U21s, England Students
Date of birth: 02.09.83
Height: 1.83m (6' 0")
Weight: 91.9kg (14st 8lb)
International hons: England Students, England U21s
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.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
Gloucester centre Billy Twelvetrees praised his side's character after their comeback win against Bristol on Saturday. The Cherry and Whites overcame a 6-0 half time deficit to eventually win the game 26-18 and secure a bonus point victory.
Looking to try a new sport? Look no further than Walking Rugby as thanks to Gloucester Rugby you can come along and try out the fast-growing sport at taster sessions across the county, starting this Wednesday.
Gloucester return to European Rugby Challenge Cup action on Thursday evening with the visit of Stade Rochelais to Kingsholm (kick off 7:45pm). Early Bird ticket prices are available until 6:30pm on matchday.