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 will field a reshuffled side against the Ospreys in the LV= Cup this weekend, but Backs & Attack Coach Nick Walshe stressed that it's a great opportunity for everyone on duty on Saturday and that maintaining the recent winning run is very important.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees told GRTV after the win in Brive that the game could have been a tough one to get up for, but that his Gloucester team mates did themselves proud on the night and got a big result.
Reflecting on the 31-20 victory in Brive on Thursday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys said that clinching a home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final was the overall aim and duly achieved.
Gloucester may have already clinched a home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final, but Director of Rugby David Humphreys wants his side to finish the pool stages on a winning note in Brive on Thursday evening.
Speaking after Saturday's win, James Hudson was happy to record a bonus-point win against a hugely physical Oyonnax side as Gloucester secured their passage into the European Rugby Challenge Cup Quarter Finals
Billy Burns was a try scorer on his first European start for Gloucester and, speaking after the game, admitted that it was good to get the five points although there are still things to work on before the trip to Brive.
Gloucester Rugby have added to their front row strength in depth for next season with the signings of Paul Doran-Jones, Paddy McAllister and Nicky Thomas from Harlequins, Aurillac and the Ospreys respectively.