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."
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.
It's the first Gloucester-Bristol derby at Kingsholm in over eight years this Saturday (kick off 4:30pm) and, previewing the game with the local media this week, Defence Coach Jonny Bell stressed that, with both teams in the bottom half of the table, they both need the points.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester front rower John Afoa knows the challenge ahead this week against Bristol, and calls on the Cherry and Whites to make the most of home advantage as a determined squad look to bounce back from a narrow loss to Saracens.
Tom Savage speaks to GRTV and the local media as Gloucester went down by 24-20 at Saracens on Sunday afternoon. The second row was disappointed with the result, despite a strong showing from the hosts.
Speaking immediately after the game, skipper Willi Heinz thought that Gloucester had executed their game plan reasonably well and competed hard against Saracens. However, it wasn't enough but the squad will have plenty to work on this week ahead of the derby match against Bristol.
Gloucester may be coming off their best win of the season, the 38-16 victory over Wasps last weekend, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys admits that Sunday's trip to Saracens is an even tougher test.
Gloucester centre Billy Twelvetrees praised his side's character after their comeback win against Bristol on Saturday. The Cherry and Whites overcame a 6-0 half time deficit to eventually win the game 26-18 and secure a bonus point victory.
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Gloucester return to European Rugby Challenge Cup action on Thursday evening with the visit of Stade Rochelais to Kingsholm (kick off 7:45pm). Early Bird ticket prices are available until 6:30pm on matchday.