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."
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees led Gloucester Rugby to European glory on Friday evening, scoring the crucial try on a memorable night for the Cherry and Whites. After the game, he paid tribute to his team's performance under pressure in the latter stages as they withstood a ferocious late Edinburgh fightback.
Speaking to GRTV, James Hook admitted that, after a superb opening, Gloucester really had to pass a test of character to hold off Edinburgh and lift the European Rugby Challenge Cup. He paid tribute to his team mates for all their hard work on what was a great day for the club.
Speaking to the assembled media this week, Gloucester Rugby club captain Billy Twelvetrees explains that the squad are ready for the final and that it will be an honour to lead the Cherry and Whites out in the Challenge Cup final.
Gloucester Rugby scrum half Greig Laidlaw will line up against former team mates Edinburgh Rugby on Friday evening, but the focus is firmly on his own roles as the Cherry and Whites gear up for the EPCR Challenge Cup final at The Stoop.
Speaking to the media ahead of Friday evening's European Rugby Challenge Cup Final against Edinburgh, Director of Rugby David Humphreys stressed that his improving Gloucester team will need to perform at their best to prevail against a tough Edinburgh side.
Dan Robson, a second half try scorer in the 42-40 win over Newcastle on Saturday, admitted that Gloucester had started slowly but that the second half comeback showed real character and maintains momentum going into Friday's European final.
Gareth Evans was a first half replacement for the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, but the back rower's impressive carrying kept the hosts on the front foot when they needed it most to snatch a dramatic comeback win.
After his last ditch try clinched the 42-40 Aviva Premiership victory over Newcastle at Kingsholm on Saturday, Billy Burns told GRTV that all the Gloucester team deserve credit for hanging in there against a Falcons team who really made life tough for the Cherry and Whites.
Speaking after the European Rugby Challenge Cup triumph on Friday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys was thrilled with how the Cherry and Whites managed the game and secured the first major European silverware for nine years.
Friday night saw the Cherry and Whites lift the European Rugby Challenge Cup following the 19-13 victory over Edinburgh Rugby. The club photographer caught the best of the action and celebrations from The Stoop.
Once again for Gloucester, it went right to the very last whistle, the 14 men in Cherry and White hanging on heroically to win the European Rugby Challenge Cup by 19 points to 13 over Edinburgh at the Stoop on Friday evening.
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