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.


Gloucester were defeated by Exeter 22-10 in a thrilling contest. Exeter drew first blood as winger Mark Foster touched down in the fifth minute before James Simpson-Daniel hit back with a try for Gloucester.

Steenson hit three more penalties for an 11-point Exeter half-time lead.

Tim Taylor added a second Gloucester try but Steenson was unflappable and added six points to secure victory.

In front of 9,562 fans at Sandy Park, Exeter enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges and were rewarded for their early endeavour when Foster dived over.

The touchdown came after a poor clearance from Gloucester’s captain Mike Tindall allowed the Chiefs to pile on pressure.

After several phases of attacking play, Rob Baxter’s men shipped the ball wide, finding Foster in space which the winger expertly utilised to score.

Gloucester were back within two points a little over five minutes later as Luke Narraway and David Lewis combined well to allow Simpson-Daniel space to cross in the corner.