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.
Henry Purdy, a first half replacement for Charlie Sharples, was amongst the try scorers in the 64-19 victory over Aviron Bayonnais on Saturday evening and told GRTV that it was a professional performance, one the team are happy with.
Gloucester's win in Treviso last week means that they need a bonus point win against Bayonne on Saturday evening to secure a home quarter-final (kick off 8pm), but Tim Taylor wants the team to focus on the performance first and foremost.
Billy Burns and Man of the Match Richard Hibbard spoke to GRTV after the 41-0 win in Treviso, on a day when preparations weren't ideal. They felt the team's attitude was key and also praised the travelling support.
Following the conclusion of the Stade Francais vs Harlequins game today, round six is complete and the quarter-finalists in the European Rugby Challenge Cup are now known with Gloucester set to welcome the Cardiff Blues to Kingsholm.
Knowing a bonus point win would secure a home quarter-final, Gloucester completed their European mission in some style on Saturday evening, sweeping aside a spirited but outgunned Aviron Bayonnais scoring 10 tries on their way to a 64-19 victory.