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Academy goes from strength-to-strength with more additions

Academy goes from strength-to-strength with more additions
We are delighted to announce that more promising local talent have committed to the Gloucester Rugby Senior Academy.

Gloucester Rugby U18’s co-captain, Harry Taylor, becomes the latest prospect to sign a professional deal at the Club, after completing his studies at Clifton College. Taylor’s commitment to his development is complimented by his physical attributes, putting him in good stead to become an excellent all-round backrower.

Whilst a handful on the pitch, Harry has also shown his dedication off the pitch, traveling by train or taxi, 2 to 3 times a week to ensure he could make training sessions, determined to realise his dream of representing the Cherry & whites, the club he has supported all of his life.

Matt Salter, Clifton College Director of Rugby, is elated to see Harry rewarded for his efforts:

“Harry has been a superb player for Clifton and has shown true determination to combine his studies, training and the travel to Gloucester throughout his five years.  We are so delighted to see him progress into a professional environment and know he will give all he has to make rugby a successful career choice. We wish him all the best and thank Gloucester Rugby for all their support during his time at Clifton.”

Matt Teague, Gloucester Rugby U18’s Head Coach added:

“Harry, as co-captain, led very well throughout the League as a determined and physical back rower who trains as he plays. Harry has impressed with his energy and work ethic both on and off the field to continually improve and develop his all-round game.”

Also signing a professional deal with Gloucester Rugby, is second-row, Arthur Clark. As a student of Hartpury College, Clark will continue his final years’ study at Hartpury alongside his Gloucester Rugby commitments, enabling him to integrate into the Hartpury BUCS playing programme to further his development and progression into senior rugby.

After playing his junior rugby with Stow-on-the-Wold, Clark became an integral member of the Hartpury AASE team during his second year at College, earning him an England U18 call-up, and ultimately a place in the Gloucester Rugby Academy.

Peter Walton, Head of Academy, believes Arthur has what it takes to become a strong Senior Academy player:

“Arthur is a fully committed young lad who had managed his year out from College to work on a Farm in the Cotswolds and driving to train with College or Gloucester Rugby 4 times a week, demonstrating the effort he has put in.

“Arthur apart from being a farmer and using his farming strengths to deal with defenders whilst carrying the ball, he has a great vision and understanding of the game. Being a tall physical player, he enjoys using his subtle skills to great effect.”

Junior Academy Coach, Alex Guest, was also pleased to note Arthur’s progression:

“Having started in the U14 Developing Player Programme he as progressed steadily through the different age groups. His determination and work ethic are outstanding. His farming background has definitely helped this. Some standout memories of Arthur coming through would be his leadership. Whether as an U16 taking part on the U17 tour of Italy or during the U18 West Wales tour earlier in the Summer helping the coaching staff shape the standards of the group.”

We’d like to congratulate Harry and Arthur on their senior contracts, and we look forward to them joining up with the Academy.

 

 
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