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."
Speaking to GRTV after the game, Backs Coach Tim Taylor was happy with the squad as they cruised to victory over Treviso. The result wasn't in doubt, but the Cherry and Whites laboured to secure a crucial try bonus point.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby centre Matt Scott is excited to take the field again as the Cherry and Whites look to build on the win in Bayonne when Treviso come to Kingsholm this Saturday.
Defence Coach Jonny Bell admitted this week that the European Rugby Challenge Cup victory in Bayonne was a welcome one, stressed that Benetton Treviso will pose a tough test on Saturday at Kingsholm but that Gloucester are determined to deliver in front of their own fans.
Motu Matu'u is looking to make up for lost time this week as the Cherry and Whites head to Basque Country to take on Bayonne in the European Rugby Challenge Cup opener. The Samoan hooker made his first appearance in the jersey last weekend, and is hoping to contribute to the team this weekend.
Gloucester's attentions turn to Europe this weekend as they travel to Bayonne for their opening fixture of this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup. Forwards Coach Trevor Woodman told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will be aiming to top their pool as they've done for the past two seasons, but is well aware of how tough it is to win in France.
Although understandably disappointed at seeing victory slip away at the last minute, Ben Morgan said after the game at Exeter that there were plenty of positives that Gloucester could take from the game.
Speaking after a last-gasp try from Exeter earned the Chiefs a 27-27 draw at Sandy Park on Saturday, Charlie Sharples admitted to mixed feelings. The game saw him score a try on his 200th competitive appearance for the club, but the frustration from not closing out the win was clear.
Gloucester made it two wins from two outings in this season's European Rugby Challenge Cup as they outplayed Benetton Treviso at Kingsholm to win by 37 points to 8, the bonus point try coming with the final play of the game.