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."
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.