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."
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees led Gloucester Rugby to European glory on Friday evening, scoring the crucial try on a memorable night for the Cherry and Whites. After the game, he paid tribute to his team's performance under pressure in the latter stages as they withstood a ferocious late Edinburgh fightback.
Speaking to GRTV, James Hook admitted that, after a superb opening, Gloucester really had to pass a test of character to hold off Edinburgh and lift the European Rugby Challenge Cup. He paid tribute to his team mates for all their hard work on what was a great day for the club.
Speaking to the assembled media this week, Gloucester Rugby club captain Billy Twelvetrees explains that the squad are ready for the final and that it will be an honour to lead the Cherry and Whites out in the Challenge Cup final.
Gloucester Rugby scrum half Greig Laidlaw will line up against former team mates Edinburgh Rugby on Friday evening, but the focus is firmly on his own roles as the Cherry and Whites gear up for the EPCR Challenge Cup final at The Stoop.
Speaking to the media ahead of Friday evening's European Rugby Challenge Cup Final against Edinburgh, Director of Rugby David Humphreys stressed that his improving Gloucester team will need to perform at their best to prevail against a tough Edinburgh side.
Dan Robson, a second half try scorer in the 42-40 win over Newcastle on Saturday, admitted that Gloucester had started slowly but that the second half comeback showed real character and maintains momentum going into Friday's European final.
Gareth Evans was a first half replacement for the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, but the back rower's impressive carrying kept the hosts on the front foot when they needed it most to snatch a dramatic comeback win.
After his last ditch try clinched the 42-40 Aviva Premiership victory over Newcastle at Kingsholm on Saturday, Billy Burns told GRTV that all the Gloucester team deserve credit for hanging in there against a Falcons team who really made life tough for the Cherry and Whites.
Argentine Mariano Galarza was a key part of the Cherry and White squad that tasted silverware on Friday night as they lifted the EPCR Challenge Cup at The Stoop, a special night that will live long in the memory of the second row.
Figures released by EPCR following Gloucester winning the European Rugby Challenge Cup on Friday evening show that, unsurprisingly, a number of those wearing Cherry and White showed up well in the various statistical categories.