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Gloucester confirm Morgan switch

Gloucester have confirmed that England number eight Ben Morgan will join them from the Scarlets at the start of next season.

Morgan has made his international breakthrough in impressive style in the ongoing RBS Six Nations, having established himself as a first-team regular the Welsh region after joining in 2009. But the 23-year-old, who was raised in Gloucestershire, will return to the area and is relishing his Aviva Premiership opportunity.

"It's a great opportunity for me and one that I'm looking forward to immensely," he said. "I grew up just down the road so Gloucester is my local team and I can't wait to run out at Kingsholm for the first time."

He added: "Gloucester have some incredible talent in their squad and play a great style of rugby. Bryan Redpath's told me of his plans for next season and beyond and being part of it is an exciting prospect.

"I wouldn't be where I am today if it weren't for the Scarlets and I'm incredibly grateful to so many people for the help they've given me along the way."

Gloucester head coach Bryan Redpath said: "Ben joining us is a very significant signing. He's a big ball-carrier who also possesses great handling skills. He'll help get us over the gain line and also do his bit in defence.

"He's international quality and still only 23 years old. He still has so much upside and I think he'll be a great addition to our squad."


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