Looking Ahead: Gloucester Rugby’s potential future stars

Founded in 1873, Gloucester Rugby have a long, rich history.

With three Premiership first place finishes between 2002 and 2008, and a Challenge Cup title last year, they have remained one of the top sides in the country in recent years.

Alongside the experience of the likes of departing captain Greig Laidlaw, Richard Hibbard, and James Hook, they also have several young starlets who look set to make an impact over the next four years and beyond.

Matt Kvesic 

German-born open side flanker Matt Kvesic has been with Glos since February 2013, when he joined from rivals Worcester.

He has since gone on to make 85 appearances for the Cherry and Whites, scoring 50 points.

At age 24, he has already been capped three times by the England full team. This comes after making 14 appearances for the Under-20 side.

He has plenty of potential to further develop as a player, and play a key role in the side for years to come.


Ross Moriarty 

Flanker Ross Moriarty made his debut for Gloucester in 2012, having played for semi-professional sides in his home country of Wales.

The 22-year old has thrived in the team, making 64 appearances and scoring 30 points.

After featuring for England at Under-20 level, he made his full debut for Wales in August 2015.

Following an injury to Eli Walker, he was called up to the country’s 2015 World Cup squad, but failed to make an impact.

However, he still has his best years ahead of him, and could still make an impact for Glos.


Ollie Thorley 

Making his debut at just 17, Thorley is Gloucester’s youngest modern-era player.

He broke a second record last year, becoming the Kingsholm side’s youngest try scorer.

That try came against Ospreys in the LV=Cup, and he marked his Premiership debut with the game’s only try against Exeter Chiefs.


There are several other young players that could step up and make the grade at Gloucester, but these three have already made a solid start to life at Kingsholm, and provide the greatest hope for the future.

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