GLOUCESTER SIGN MARKHAM

Gloucester have signed second row David Markham in a major coup for the club. The 19-year-old spent last season at Welford Road after he lost a place at Sale Sharks due to funding cuts.

Markham told BBC Gloucestershire: "Leicester has a tendency to bring in older players rather than give younger ones a chance.

"If I had stayed at Leicester I would have been eighth or ninth choice, but at Gloucester I'll be much higher up the pecking order."

GLOUCESTER BRING IN SAVAGE

Gloucester have moved in to sign Tom Savage from Hartpury, which is one of the great signing so far. The 21-year-old lock trained at Kingsholm this term and played in the A League for the United XV.

"He's got a good attitude and a bright future ahead of him if he keeps on this upward curve," academy manager Mark Cornwell told BBC Gloucestershire.

"He's only been playing rugby for four or five years and he's developed into a very physical specimen."

Cornwell continued: "Now the world is his oyster and he can go on leaps and bounds and become a first team regular."

MORGAN READY FOR NEWCASTLE

Gloucester's Olly Morgan has said that he is ready to face Newcastle in a bid to get revenge.

The teams met a fortnight ago with Gloucester dominant 34-7 winners.

"Newcastle will be wanting to right a few wrongs and they'll have put that final to bed and moved on," full-back Morgan told BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

"For us, psychologically, without being aware of it there might be something there but we take it one step at a time and this weekend will be difficult."

ATTWOOD TRANSFERS FROM GLOUCESTER

Bath have signed England forward Dave Attwood from Gloucester. The 23-year-old, who joined the Cherry and Whites from Bristol in the summer of 2009, has agreed a two-year deal at the Recreation Ground.

"I am excited to be joining Bath, there are some amazing things going on at the club," said Dave Attwood.

"It is a great opportunity for me to push myself out of my comfort zone on the pitch and develop the brand of rugby that I can play."

He continued: "I will be sorry to leave Kingsholm behind, but sometimes that is the way life pans out.

DANIEL SIGNS NEW DEAL

Gloucester's in-form England winger James Simpson-Daniel has signed a new deal with Gloucester. The 28-year-old has spent his entire career at Gloucester, having made his debut against Rotherham in 2001.

"I'm absolutely thrilled," Simpson-Daniel told BBC Gloucestershire. "Every time I'd think about leaving it would scare me. Almost like changing school.

LAWSON URGES FOR RESPECT

Gloucester's Lawson has said that the team should be more respect to the Rovigo trip. Gloucester won the home game 90-7 at Kingsholm in October and will be targeting another bonus point win.

Lawson told BBC Gloucestershire: "They are a proud side, and like any team at home they'll look to come out and play with a lot of attitude and aggression.

"We're travelling into Europe, we need to get our heads round that and put in a performance off the back of it."

GLOUCHESTER FACING DIFFICULT TIES

Gloucester are having difficult two games coming up in around six days in the Challenge Cup. The away game against Rovigo is on Saturday, 15 January (1400 GMT) with the last group match at home to Agen on Thursday, 20 January (1945 GMT).

"It is a tight turnaround, but these things happen sometimes" said managing director Ken Nottage.

"ERC have made this decision but having a game on a Thursday is new to us."

GLOUCHESTER TO CONDUCT CROWD REVIEW

Glouchester are about to crowd review of Saracens according to Ken Nottage. But managing director Ken Nottage said he did not want to segregate fans.

"We are going to take professional advice before we play Saracens to have our procedures reviewed once again," he told BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

"We're able to have fans sharing space on terraces. It would be a very sad day if rugby were to see segregation."

TRINDER DEFENCE IS THE KEY FOR THE GLOUCESTER

Gloucester centre Henry Trinder says that the defence is that key for the team's success. The 21-year-old was named man of the match in Saturday's 36-10 hammering of Saracens in the LV= Cup.

He told BBC Gloucestershire: "We have been trusting our defence and we've not really been broken very much in the whole season.

"Away from home especially, it will win you games and it's great to see all the boys working together."

ROWNTREE WORKING AT GLOUCESTER

Prop Rupert Harden has said that Graham Rowntree has been working at Gloucester. Harden told BBC Gloucestershire: "We've been getting a bit of help from Graham. He really knows his stuff."

Harden played 28 minutes from the bench in the win over Leeds last Saturday, and now wants more first team action. "I understand where I am in the pecking order and there are two good tight-head props ahead of me, but I'm in rugby to play so that's what I want to do."

The 25-year-old was playing for National League side Tynedale two seasons ago, and spent much of last season on loan at Moseley.

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