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 have been in good form in recent weeks, but Backs Coach Tim Taylor knows that the Cherry and Whites will have to be at their best on Thursday evening (kick off 7:45pm) against a Stade Rochelais side flying high this season.
Speaking to GRTV after the bonus point win over Bristol, back row Lewis Ludlow revealed that despite a tricky first half, Gloucester backed their skills to come through, a faith that was evident in a strong second half showing.
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.
After taking 11 points from their last three games in the Aviva Premiership, including bonus point wins against Wasps and Bristol, Gloucester will be looking to continue their good form when they welcome La Rochelle to Kingsholm.
Having named an unchanged starting XV for the past three Aviva Premiership games, Gloucester Rugby ring the changes and retain only five players for Thursday's visit of Stade Rochelais in the European Rugby Challenge Cup (kick off 7:45pm).