Ed Slater joined Gloucester Rugby in the summer of 2017 from Leicester Tigers.
He joined Tigers at the start of 2010/11 after a spell in Australia and ended that season by appearing in the Premiership Final at Twickenham. A first Premiership title followed in 2012/13.
Capable of playing in the second row, at flanker or number eight, he was called into England’s training squad ahead of the 2014 Six Nations and captained Tigers for the first time in the Premiership that season. Retaining the role for the rest of the season, he was shortlisted as Supporters’ Player of the Season and then joined England’s tour squad to New Zealand.
Although he missed out on a senior cap, he did captain England to victory over the Crusaders in the tour’s only midweek fixture and was also part of the 2015 Rugby World Cup training squad.
Slater brought real experience and an abrasive edge up front to the Gloucester Rugby pack in his first season, making 26 appearances and skippering the side on a number of occasions. He has formed a strong second row partnership with Matt Garvey and is a key part of the Cherry and White team.