Rising Stars – Gloucester

billy burnsAfter a strong first season under new Director of Rugby Nigel Davies Gloucester will be hoping to build on last season and push to claim a top 4 spot this year. Much of their good work last season was built around a core of young players who have come through the club and gone on to become regulars in the clubs first team.

Once again this season they will be hoping a number of the clubs youngsters can make the step up to the first team and help push them towards silverware. Here we take a look at 5 such players who could be set to have an impact on the Gloucester first team this season.

Dan Robson

Young scrum half Robson will have a tough job holding down a regular spot in the first team this season with Jimmy Cowan and Tavis Knoyle at the club. However, should he continue the form he showed last season there’s no reason not to assume he will be a key member of the Gloucester squad. Having had his shoulder cleaned up over the summer Robson believes the increased competition at half back will only help improve him as a player.

Billy Burns

Freddie’s younger brother has continued to impress for the club especially in this summers JP Morgan 7’s tournament. Although we’re unlikely to see him dislodge his older sibling from the number 10 shirt anytime soon he provides excellent cover in the position and could have a big part to play for the club should Freddie find himself away on England duty during the season. At just 78kg he still remains quite lightweight but provides an exciting attacking threat ball in hand.

Elliott Stooke

Having seen fellowlock and Hartpury College graduate Tom Savage instated as club captain for the season ahead Elliott Stooke has all the inspiration he needs. After a strong season last year Stooke was included in the victorious England U20’s squad at this years World Championships and looks set to continue his ascent to the top level of rugby. At just 19 Stooke looks set to have a bright future ahead of him at the club.

Ross Moriarty

The son of former Welsh international Paul Moriarty, Ross went on to make a name for himself for England this summer in the U20’s World Championships. The tough tackling flankers progress is impressive given that he only started playing rugby at 11 as he had previously played football for Swansea City. His previous experience playing as a back for Hartpury College makes him a potent attacking threat as well.

Gareth Evans

Another Gloucester player to have made a name for himself during the 7s tournaments this summer, the pacey back-row forward will be hoping it helps propel him into the Gloucester first team this season. Despite the club already looking pretty crowded in the back row Evans will be hoping that his extra conditioning work could help him force his way into the mix. Evans could prove to be a key member during the international breaks with the likes of Matt Kvesic and Ben Morgan likely to be called away on international duty.

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