GLOUCESTER RUGBY have today completed the signing of left wing Tom Voyce on a three-year deal from London Wasps.
The 28-year-old Cornish winger believes that the move has come at exactly the right time in his career as he prepares for life at the Guinness Premiership title chasers in a deal that will start in July this year.
"Tom is another very good signing for us for next season" said Gloucester head coach Dean Ryan. "His proven form and try scoring capability will help to reinforce our attacking back line pushing us forward"
"His presence within the side will help strengthen our position within the Guinness Premiership and Europe next season and his expertise and experience playing in knock-out stages will be key going forward."
Voyce joined London Wasps in 2003 from Bath, he has made over 176 appearances and scored over 280 points for the club. By the end of the 2005/06 season he finished as the top try scorer for Wasps before going on to make 33 appearances for the club in 2006/07, scoring seven tries in the process , as well as picking up a Heineken Cup winners medal at the end of the season. Tom has been involved in racking up an impressive seven trophies during his time at Wasps.
Tom continued to prove his try scoring ability and talent on the domestic stage for London Wasps in 2007/08 before picking up his first serious injury of his career.
Voyce has also represented England, winning nine caps to date starting his international career back in 2004 after being selected in the starting line-up for England's summer tour against New Zealand and Australia. He then picked up his fourth cap against Samoa in the 2005 Investec Cup before being selected for the Six Nations in 2006. Tom also boasts appearances for England A and England Saxons.
Voyce exclusively told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk "I'm absolutely delighted to be joining Gloucester Rugby. This move has come at exactly the right time for me in my career".
"I see this as a chance to join a club that is on the brink of something very special. I have huge ambitions to be successful with Gloucester and hopefully one day play for England again. This is a fabulous opportunity to make new friends on and off the field and reacquaint myself with a part of the country I know and love so well. I'm really looking forward to the challenge."
Tom Marshall scored his first Gloucester try in the 31-23 win over Saracens on Friday evening and was named Man of the Match. Talking to GRTV, he praised the forwards for setting the tone on the night.
Matt Scott was on media duty this week, and the Scottish international spoke about the benefit of having a full week of training with his club mates and the determination to get back to performing well against Saracens this Friday evening.
After the disappointment of last weekend's performance at Leicester, Director of Rugby David Humphreys told GRTV that he expects a big response from Gloucester in Friday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Saracens (kick off 7:45pm).
Gloucester travel to Tigers this Saturday in good spirits, and fly half Billy Burns is looking forward to testing himself in one of the toughest environments in the league as the Cherry and White hunt vital points as attention returns to the Aviva Premiership
After a good run of recent results, Gloucester will travel to take on Leicester in a good frame of mind according to Director of Rugby David Humphreys, but are well aware of the challenge that lies in wait.
Sunday saw Gloucester Rugby host the Land Rover Cup at Dean Close School in Cheltenham, and it was Tewkesbury and Old Pats who will represent the club at Twickenham in the U11s and U12s categories respectively.
As part of its commitment to player welfare, The Rugby Players' Association (RPA) has today officially launched #LiftTheWeight, a new campaign that aims to help remove the stigma surrounding mental health issues and offer the necessary tools and support to enable our members to enjoy a healthy and fulfilling life, both on the field and off it.