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 the local media this week, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
Gloucester travel to Italy this weekend to take on Zebre in Round Four of the European Rugby Challenge Cup. The Cherry and Whites defeated the Italian side 35-10 last Sunday, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys is looking for an improved performance in the return fixture.
On a tough evening at Kingsholm, Gloucester could escape neither a suffocating Bath defence, nor the whistle of referee Greg Garner as six penalties and a penalty try paved the way to a 39-16 win for the visitors.
Gloucester Rugby welcome Sione Kalamafoni, Greig Laidlaw and Tom Palmer back to the starting line up and feature David Halaifonua in a matchday squad for the first time, as they resume Aviva Premiership action against Bath Rugby at Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 5:30pm).