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Gloucester launches partnership with Wheelchair Rugby

Wheelchair Rugby, known for its aggression, is called 'murderball' in Canada Credit: ITV News West Country

Gloucester Rugby is launching a partnership with Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby today. It's the first time the governing body for the sport has officially joined with a Premiership club.

The partnership will allow the GBWR to create a new wheelchair rugby club and provide more opportunities for disabled people to get involved.

Freddie Burns to leave Glos Rugby at end of season

Freddie Burns' contract was up at the end of the current season Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Gloucester Rugby have confirmed that Freddie Burns will leave the club at the end of the season.

The 23 year old fly half could not come to an agreement with the club over a new contract. It's believed he will now go to Leicester.

Director of Rugby Nigel Davies said "A number of players are out of contract at the end of the season, and I've been pleased to date with those who have re-signed, including the likes of Sione Kalamafoni, Henry Trinder and Billy Twelvetrees.

"Attention has naturally turned to Freddie Burns' situation and, despite lengthy dialogue, we have decided to part company."

Pressure for Gloucester Rugby Club

by Matthias Kurth

Gloucester Rugby Club are in desperate need of some festive cheer. A so far disastrous Premiership campaign has seen the Cherry and Whites lose seven of the nine games played.

In fact, they've only won once at home and it's placed the whole squad and director of rugby Nigel Davies under huge pressure to record a victory on Sunday against the league's basement club, Worcester.

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Rugby: Mike Tindall signs player-coach contract for Gloucester

Mike Tindall has signed a one year contract with Gloucester Rugby Credit: ITV Westcountry

Mike Tindall has signed a new one year contract as player-coach at Gloucester.

The Cherry and Whites have also confirmed a new shirt sponsor for the next three seasons.

The 34-year-old, former England centre, successfully combined the two roles this season, helping the Cherry and Whites qualify for next season's Heineken Cup.

SPORT: West rugby players off to Argentina

Gloucester and Bath have both had five players named in the England rugby union squad for this summer's tour of Argentina.

Freddie Burns and Billy Twelvetrees lead the Gloucester contingent and are joined by uncapped duo Jonny May and Matt Kvesic, along with number eight Ben Morgan.

New Bath signing Jonathan Joseph is included with rugby league convert Kyle Eastmond and forwards Dave Attwood, Rob Webber and David Wilson.

Dean Ryan new Director at Worcester Warriors

Dean Ryan named Director of Rugby at Worcester Warriors Credit: Worcester Warriors

Former Head Coach of Gloucester Rugby Dean Ryan has been appointed as the new Director of Rugby at Worcester Warriors following the departure of Head Coach Richard Hill.

Ryan spent four successful years at Gloucester and will begin his role as following the final game of the season.

The 46-year-old was part of the Scotland coaching team during this season's Six Nations, where he helped to steer the side to back-to-back victories for the first time in 12 years and, with it, their highest finish for seven years.

During his playing days as a number eight, Ryan won four England caps and enjoyed spells at Saracens, Wasps, Newcastle and Bristol.

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