Olly Morgan will be out for the rest of the season
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OLLY MORGAN, Gloucester's 21-year-old England full-back, will have an operation on his right shoulder on Monday that will rule him out for the rest of the season.
The twice-capped England youngster will have surgery to repair labral damage following consultation with a specialist today and he will be out of action for at least 12 weeks after picking up the injury during England's defeat to Ireland last Saturday.
"It's an horrendous blow for Olly, Gloucester and England," his club coach Dean Ryan told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk
"In the last 12 months he has really matured rapidly as a Premiership player. He has outstanding potential to be an international-quality full-back and we wish him all the very best for the operation and his recovery.
"We at Gloucester will certainly miss a player of Olly's ability, control and bravery at this crucial stage of the season and it is obviously a major blow to England."
Morgan, who has made 18 appearances in all competitions for Gloucester this season with four tries, made his international debut against Scotland in the Six Nations Championship this season as a replacement for his Gloucester team-mate Iain Balshaw and started for the first time at Croke Park last Saturday.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees, speaking to GRTV after the 35-10 over Zebre, was happy with the bonus point win over the Italian side but admitted Gloucester will need to tighten up for the return fixture in Parma.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).