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.
Fly-half Billy Burns was named Man of the Match after the 35-14 European Rugby Challenge Cup victory over Stade Rochelais on Thursday evening, and was full of praise for all his team mates for the win after a short turnaround.
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.
Gloucester's much changed side had to overcome conceding an early try on Thursday evening, but responded in style to down Stade Rochelais by 35 points to 14 in the European Rugby Challenge Cup and set up a mouthwatering return fixture next weekend.
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.