Alasdair Strokosch has switched to Kingsholm with Alasdair Dickinson
GLOUCESTER RUGBY are delighted to announce the signing of two of Scottish rugby's brightest forward prospects.
Alasdair Dickinson and Alasdair Strokosch, who both featured for Edinburgh against Gloucester in the Heineken Cup earlier this season, have signed one-year deals and will join up with their new team-mates in the summer.
They follow in the footsteps of Scotland scrum-half Rory Lawson, who has made a tremendous impact at Kingsholm since making the switch at the start of the current season.
Strokosch, a 6ft 3in flanker, won his first senior international call-up for Scotland against Australia in the autumn internationals, and was this week added to the training squad for Saturday's Six Nations encounter with Ireland.
The 24-year-old is renowned as one of the hardest tacklers in the Magners League and has featured prominently on the blindside this season for Edinburgh.
"I had really good discussions with their coaching staff and was impressed by the facilities and the positive feeling at the place - I'm certain that moving to Gloucester will be good for my game."
Meanwhile Dickinson, 23, a dynamic prop who favours the loosehead side, has been capped by Scotland at every level up to A-international.
"I know from first-hand experience how strong a Gloucester forward pack can be, and it will be a real challenge to force my way into contention next season," Dickinson said.
"Once I spoke to the coaches I was in no doubt that if I want to reach the highest levels then Gloucester offers the tough environment that can help me to achieve my goals."
Gloucester's head coach Dean Ryan added: "We are careful who we want to attract but feel both of these players will add tremendously to the pool of talent we already have available.
"They played against us in the Heineken Cup this season and impressed us greatly. We are attempting to build a young, talented and competitive squad, and both of these players typify what we are looking for.
"The timing is now right for both the club and the players to release this information."
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).