GLOUCESTER Rugby's pool of young talent has been swelled once more with two new signings for the 2007/08 season.
Both stand-off Mark Davies and winger Charlie Sharples arrive from Daily Mail Cup specialists St Peter's School in Gloucester.
They join fellow new recruits Dan Williams (back row) and Dave Lewis (scrum-half) in Gloucester's Academy set-up for next season, all four of whom have represented England at Under-18 level this season.
Assistant Academy Manager Mark Cornwell told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk : "Mark and Charlie are two of the area's brightest prospects and have already been exposed to the Guinness A League over the last 12 months.
"They have been identified as possessing the necessary qualities to thrive in a professional environment and we are very keen to see how they develop over the next year."
Both Davies (18) and Sharples (17) have just finished their studies at the hugely productive St Peter's School that has produced former Gloucester players Marcel Garvey and Adam Eustace in recent years.
Davies, who won the Daily Mail Cup last season, will follow in the footsteps of his older brother Brad, who leaves Gloucester this summer to join Plymouth.
Sharples has already experienced rugby in Gloucester's senior environment and was a key figure in their Middlesex Sevens squad of last season.
Named Man of the Match by BT Sport, scrum-half Willi Heinz said after the 15-11 win at Bath on Friday evening that it was a pretty happy Gloucester dressing room and reward for a lot of hard work put in during the week leading up to the game.
Speaking after the 15-11 win over Bath at the Rec on Friday evening, David Humphreys heaped praise on his players, pointing out how they had bounced back after last week's tough defeat to overcome a rough start before controlling the game and earning the win.
Gloucester Rugby hooker Richard Hibbard spoke to the local media this week as the Cherry and Whites prepare to face Bath Rugby in the Aviva Premiership. The Welshman is ready to bounce back at The Rec.
Speaking to the local media about the local derby against Bath at the Rec on Friday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys acknowledged that it will be a tough encounter but hugely exciting at the same time and one the squad are looking forward to.
A visibly disappointed Billy Twelvetrees admitted that it was a very sombre Gloucester dressing room as a last minute try and conversion condemned the Cherry and Whites to an 18-19 defeat against Leicester Tigers on Saturday.
A disappointed Tom Savage told GRTV, after the 18-19 defeat at home to the Leicester Tigers, that the whole Gloucester team had put in a fantastic effort, but just couldn't find the extra one or two percent necessary to put away a top side.
Speaking after the narrow loss to Leicester Tigers on Saturday afternoon, David Humphreys says despite there being a lot of good in Gloucester's performance, he rued the failure to close the game out, as well as thanking the home support
Kiwi second row Jeremy Thrush is thoroughly enjoying his time in Cherry and White so far, and this weekend the Leicester Tigers are the visitors to Kingsholm, and the All Black is massively excited about the challenge.
After two wins in the European Rugby Challenge Cup, securing a home quarter-final, David Humphreys told the local media this week that Gloucester are coming into Saturday's game in good physical shape having rotated the squad. However, he and the squad are prepared for a tough encounter against the Tigers.
It's almost four years since Gloucester won a Premiership game at the Rec against Bath. However, they got that monkey off their back on Friday evening with a hard-fought 15-11 win in testing conditions.