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.
Gloucester-Hartpury Women take on West Park Leeds Ladies in the final of the Intermediate Cup Final on Saturday. Head Coach Susie Appleby took time out to preview the game and chat about the future for the team.
Number eight Ben Morgan admitted that the 32-14 Aviva Premiership win over Bristol on Friday evening hadn't been pretty at times, but that the win was based on everyone in the squad remaining united and working for each other.
Previewing Friday evening's local derby at Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell told the local media that Gloucester's preparations have gone well and that the whole squad is united in trying to finish the season on a high.
Speaking to GRTV this week, Acting Head Coach Jonny Bell spoke of his pleasure in the efforts and intensity in training from the squad after a tricky few weeks. The team were preparing for big games with Bristol and Cardiff in coming weeks.
Willi Heinz was understandably and visibly disappointed when he spoke to GRTV after the 27-30 home defeat to Harlequins, apologising to the home support as the game slipped away after seemingly having the game under control.
Speaking to the local media this week, Scottish centre Matt Scott spoke of the squad's determination to put in a big home performance against Harlequins, with vital points up for grabs in the hunt for a Top Six spot this Saturday (KO 3pm)
In the aftermath of the Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell was able to look forward to this weekend's European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final against Cardiff Blues (Kingsholm, kick off 8:05pm).