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.
Speaking to the local media this week, David Humphreys insisted that Gloucester are looking forward to kicking off the new European Rugby Challenge Cup against Brive on Thursday evening, although an unfamiliar opponent and a five day turnaround will pose a challenge.
Director of Rugby David Humphreys felt that his Gloucester side put themselves in a position to put Saracens under real pressure at Allianz Park on Saturday, praising his team's commitment and defence, while admitting that a lack of accuracy hit their chances in the second half.
Speaking to the local media at Allianz Park, Tom Savage was disappointed after the defeat at Saracens, but claimed Gloucester did plenty of good things and could've taken more than a losing bonus point.
In case you missed it, there was plenty of activity on the official Gloucester Rugby website following the 55-0 European Rugby Challenge Cup win over CA Brive, including a number of post match video interviews.
The Cherry and Whites ran in seven tries in beating CA Brive 55-0 on Thursday night. An emphatic second half performance saw the hosts run in five tries to get the European campaign off to a flying start.