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 media following the 31-33 West Country Challenge Cup defeat to Exeter Chiefs at the Memorial Stadium, Director of Rugby David Humphreys was full of praise for his side's battling qualities in a bruising encounter but concerned about the injuries picked up.
The West Country Challenge Cup fixture against the Exeter Chiefs at the Memorial Stadium in Bristol on Saturday (kick off 3pm) will be Gloucester's last chance to work on things like new combinations says Director of Rugby, David Humphreys.
Speaking after the 30-21 West Country Challenge Cup defeat at Bath, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke of the improvements his team are making as preseason progresses but acknowledges that there is still work to do ahead of the start of the Aviva Premiership.
Speaking to the local media ahead of Saturday's trip to Bath Rugby in the West Country Challenge Cup, front rower Nick Wood spoke of the hard work put in across the extended preseason and highlighted the competition for front row spots in the squad.
Gloucester have named a 30 man squad for the latest round of West Country Challenge Cup action against Bath on Saturday, with Director of Rugby David Humphreys stressing the need to keep an eye on player workload ahead of what will be a long, tough season.
Describing the 50-7 West Country Challenge Cup win over Bath on Sunday as a '...good hit out...', wing Charlie Sharples admitted that it had been a good opportunity to put into practice things that the squad have been trying out in training in recent weeks.
Speaking to the local media after the 50-7 victory over Bath Rugby on Sunday, David Humphreys was happy with his squad's effort, with the most important aspect being the game time earned by his players.
Gloucester make wholesale changes to the side that started at Exeter last Saturday as they prepare to take on Bath at the Memorial Stadium, Bristol on Sunday in the West Country Challenge Cup (kick off 3pm). The Director of Rugby told GRTV that the players are raring to go and that he's looking forward to seeing different combinations in action.
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