GLOUCESTER have continued their vastly promising young recruitment drive by signing England Under-18 scrum-half Dave Lewis from Exeter.
The 17-year-old has agreed a one-year deal with the Kingsholm club and will combine his rugby development with a course in Sports Coaching and Conditioning at Hartpury College - Gloucester's training base.
Lewis is already in the Junior National Academy and Gloucester's assistant Academy manager Mark Cornwell told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk "Dave Lewis is one of the best players in his position and in his age group in the country, so we are very pleased to have signed him.
"We took significant strides last season in attracting and signing some of the most talented individuals in the country and this is a continuation of that. This is the next stage in that development and we are very pleased he has joined us.
"He will also be able to continue his education at Hartpury and the facilities on offer - on and off the rugby field - were key in his decision."
Lewis will be joined by lock Dan Tuohy, who is also a Hartpury student. Tuohy has agreed a one-year extension to his contract after signing last summer.
Tuohy, an Ireland Under-21 international second row, was a member of the Gold Scholarship scheme at Hartpury last season and instrumental in Gloucester's Guinness A League success.
Last season he combined studying Sports Coaching and Conditioning with his rugby, but this season he will solely dedicated to Gloucester and follows James Merriman and Jack Forster from Hartpury into the Kingsholm senior ranks.
Tuohy (21) is comfortable at either four or five and played for Weston-super-Mare in National Three South before starting his degree at Hartpury. This season he has been instrumental at the Pertemps Bees alongside Cornwell.
"Dan has done very well at Pertemps this season, taken his opportunities and really developed," Cornwell said. "He is a developing athlete and is capable of playing in the back row.
"He has been exposed to Guinness A League again this season and that can only aid his development in the long-term."
Speaking to GRTV after the 40-29 Aviva A League win over Wasps Rugby, Academy Coach Rich Whiffin explained his pride in the squad to overcome a strong opponent and book their spot in next week's Aviva A League final.
Willi Heinz returned from injury to skipper Gloucester to a famous 16-14 win over Stade Rochelais on Saturday evening. Speaking after the game in France, Heinz admitted the win wasn't pretty but was full of courage and a great result for the club.
Billy Burns contributed all Gloucester's points in the 16-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup win in La Rochelle on Saturday evening, but dedicated the victory to the whole squad whilst also praising the travelling support.
Speaking after Gloucester's brave 16-14 win against Stade Rochelais which clinches a European Rugby Challenge Cup final spot, Director of Rugby David Humphreys paid tribute to the way the team had executed the game plan in a hostile environment against quality opposition.
Greig Laidlaw returns to the Gloucester Rugby squad this week, and his inclusion is an important one after a serious ankle injury. The Scottish scrum half is determined to drive the team forward in their European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final in La Rochelle this Saturday.
Gloucester take on La Rochelle in the European Rugby Challenge Cup semi-final in France on Saturday evening, with the Top 14 side the favourites in the eyes of the bookmakers. However, David Humphreys is looking for his side to rise to the occasion against a familiar opponent.
Speaking to GRTV after Saturday's 39-30 Aviva Premiership win over Sale, Mark Atkinson admitted that the performance wasn't perfect but that the team's character shone through in a game that could easily have slipped away.