Gloucester Rugby have bolstered their front row resources for 2009-10 with the signing of prop Paul Doran-Jones from London Welsh.
Doran-Jones, who turned 24 on May 2nd, has signed a 2 year contract with Gloucester Rugby and will report for preseason training in June.
Capable of playing on both sides of the scrum, Doran-Jones' career started at Lansdowne Rugby Club in Dublin whilst he was at University in the city.
He had a spell with Kings Country in New Zealand and four seasons with Leinster from 2003 to 2007 before spending the past two seasons at London Welsh and also playing for London Wasps in their Guinness A League triumph in 2008.
He has represented England at U18 level and Ireland U19s and U21s in their respective Six Nations and World Cup squads.
Doran-Jones said today that he'd had offers to join other clubs but had been so impressed with the Kingshom set up that it had been an easy decision.
"I did have other options but I met up with Dean Ryan and Carl Hogg and what they had to say about developing me as a player really struck a chord."
"I'd also never visited Kingsholm and I got an awesome feeling from the stadium and the city. There's so much pride and tradition there but also so much potential. I really wanted to be a part of that."
Head Coach Dean Ryan added:
"Paul's had a very good grounding in National League Division One and more than held his own against some very good front rows."
"We think he's one for the future and can develop into a very good Premiership player."
Gloucester-Hartpury Women take on West Park Leeds Ladies in the final of the Intermediate Cup Final on Saturday. Head Coach Susie Appleby took time out to preview the game and chat about the future for the team.
Number eight Ben Morgan admitted that the 32-14 Aviva Premiership win over Bristol on Friday evening hadn't been pretty at times, but that the win was based on everyone in the squad remaining united and working for each other.
Previewing Friday evening's local derby at Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell told the local media that Gloucester's preparations have gone well and that the whole squad is united in trying to finish the season on a high.
Speaking to GRTV this week, Acting Head Coach Jonny Bell spoke of his pleasure in the efforts and intensity in training from the squad after a tricky few weeks. The team were preparing for big games with Bristol and Cardiff in coming weeks.
Willi Heinz was understandably and visibly disappointed when he spoke to GRTV after the 27-30 home defeat to Harlequins, apologising to the home support as the game slipped away after seemingly having the game under control.
Speaking to the local media this week, Scottish centre Matt Scott spoke of the squad's determination to put in a big home performance against Harlequins, with vital points up for grabs in the hunt for a Top Six spot this Saturday (KO 3pm)
In the aftermath of the Aviva Premiership victory over Bristol, Interim Head Coach Jonny Bell was able to look forward to this weekend's European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final against Cardiff Blues (Kingsholm, kick off 8:05pm).