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.
Gloucester recorded a 32-20 win over La Rochelle on Thursday evening, and second row Jeremy Thrush was thrilled to pick up the victory on his first taste of a trip to France and the hostile atmosphere.
Gloucester were forced to battle for their 33-20 victory in La Rochelle on Thursday evening, something that centre Bill Meakes said that he and the squad were well prepared for as well as thanking the travelling support for the part they played.
Gloucester got off to a winning start in the European Rugby Challenge Cup last weekend, but Head Coach Laurie Fisher is expecting a much tougher challenge when the Cherry and Whites travel to La Rochelle for Thursday night's Round Two encounter.
Dan Thomas was a try scorer in the 14-62 defeat at the hands of the Barbarians on Tuesday evening, but told GRTV after the game that he'd really enjoyed taking on the Barbarians and locking horns with Ardie Savea at the breakdown.
After a long, hard battle to return to fitness, Henry Trinder made his long awaited comeback in the second half of the 23-10 win over Zebre on Saturday and admitted he was taken aback by the reception he got from the Kingsholm crowd.
21 year old number eight Lewis Ludlow formed part of a physical back row effort in the 23-10 European Rugby Challenge Cup over Zebre on Saturday. Speaking to GRTV after the game, he spoke of making the most of his chances and being happy to contribute to the Gloucester win.
Gloucester United kick off their Aviva Premiership A League campaign against Leicester Tigers at Welford Road on Monday evening (kick off 7pm) and have named a side which features lots of first team experience.