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Gloucester Rugby announces seven university scholarships to join Academy

On A-Level results day, Gloucester Rugby can announce that seven university scholarships have been given to players who will play and train with the Cherry and Whites whilst also completing further education.

All seven students achieved great results and have got into their universities with two A* and seven As between them including two BTEC distinctions. 

The scholarships show the importance Gloucester Rugby puts on young players focusing on their education whilst also training with an eye on the future.

As rugby continues to become more physical, players are developing into their prime at a later age meaning that studying is a viable option for players coming out of school.

Whilst at university, the players will come and train at Kingsholm and the Cherry and Whites will support them by watching their university games and maintaining close communication with their coaches.

The Academy will monitor each individual’s development with the idea of looking at them after two years to see if they should split their final year into two years to focus on Gloucester Rugby more seriously.

Head of Academy, Peter Walton, believes that it is a great opportunity for young talent to play rugby alongside their education.

"Congratulations to all the lads who have secured the required A-Level results to get into university. 

“These guys can come back and play for us in A League games and in the Premiership Cup. It’s giving them a chance to almost be professional. What I’m looking for is their attitude when they are at uni and how professional they are.

“We want them to enjoy it but also realise that as part of the scholarship from us they need to show that they are different.”

The players 

James Pollard, Dean Close School, Cardiff Uni study Law

Bertie Taylor, Dean Close School, Cardiff Met, Sport Exercise Science.

Liam Antrobus, Hartpury College, Cardiff Met, Law

Danny Eite, Hartpury College, Hartpury Uni, Business Management

Iwan Glynn, Hartpury College, Hartpury Uni, Sport Therapy

Conor Murphy, Hartpury College, Hartpury Uni, Sports Coaching

Ben Golding, Lords Williams, Bristol Uni, Finance + Maths