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Gloucester Rugby sign Crusaders scrum-half Willi Heinz

Heinz in action for the Crusaders (in red) Credit: PAUL MILLER/AAP/Press Association Images

Gloucester Rugby have signed Crusaders scrum-half Willi Heinz.

The 28 year old, who will join next season, will bolster Gloucester's half back options with the current Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw and hugely promising Callum Braley already in the squad.

Heinz has represented the Crusaders over 50 times and even has a Facebook page set up by the fans dedicated to him.

Willi has been a stand out performer in a Canterbury side that hasn't finished any lower than fourth in Super Rugby since 2001. His experience of playing in that competition, for such a successful franchise will be a very welcome addition to our squad.

– David Humphreys, Director of Rugby

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England puts trust in West Country players for Six Nations opener

Bath and Gloucester players feature heavily in the England line up Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Six Nations kicks off in Cardiff tonight with several Bath and Gloucester players in the England team to take on Wales.

Bath's George Ford, Anthony Watson, Dave Attwood and Jonathan Joseph are all in the starting line-up.

Gloucester winger Jonny May keeps his place on the wing, while Billy Twelvetrees starts on the bench.

Bath's Jonathan Joseph rewarded with England start

Bath centre Jonathan Joseph Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Bath centre Jonathan Joseph will start for England in the opening six nations game against Wales.

The number 13 has been the in-form centre in the Aviva Premiership and solves Stuart Lancaster's midfield conundrum.

The 23-year-old will join Luther Burrell to form a relatively new-look back line.

Joseph will also be joined by three other Bath players - Anthony Watson (winger), David Attwood (lock) and George Ford who starts at fly half with Owen Farrell injured.

Jonny May and Billy Twelvetrees from Gloucester Rugby also feature.

RUGBY: Dramatic win for Gloucester at Kingsholm

Tonight's score Credit: ITV News

Gloucester have been in action in the Premiership, hosting Saracens at Kingsholm.

James Hook celebrates kicking a 50m penalty that won Gloucester the game Credit: PA

The visitors led throughout the game until a James Hook penalty deep into stoppage time took the Cherry and Whites ahead to win 24-23.

Gloucester and England's Ben Morgan is stretchered off early in the second half Credit: PA

Gloucester and England no 8 Ben Morgan was stretchered off with a leg injury leading to fears for the Six Nations tournament, which is just weeks away.

Prop Nick Wood was also carried off with what looked like a neck injury.

RUGBY: New deal for Gloucester's Ben Morgan

Ben Morgan with the Cook Cup after winning the QBE International match in November Credit: PA

England international number eight Ben Morgan has signed a new contract to extend his stay at Gloucester.

Morgan, who was named recently as the winner of the QBE Man of the Series Award for his performances for England in the Autumn internationals, is currently in his third season with Gloucester.

He moved to Gloucester in the summer of 2013 and has already made nearly 50 first team appearances for the club.

He is the third current England international to agree a new contract with the club this season, following in the footsteps of Matt Kvesic and Jonny May,

We're absolutely delighted that Ben has signed a new contract with the club. He's a key part of our plans going forward and it was very important to us to secure his services.

He's been in excellent form in recent months, both for club and country, and seems to be enjoying his rugby hugely.

Most importantly though, he is happy with the direction that we're heading in and with our ambitions for the club. He wants to be part of that going forward and we're delighted that he's on board.

– David Humphreys, Director of Rugby, Gloucester
Ben Morgan is tackled during a game against Exeter Chiefs at Kingsholm in September Credit: PA

The Cherry and Whites number 8 is delighted to have signed on the dotted line.

Having been away with England for a few weeks in the autumn, it was great to come back to Gloucester and sign a new contract. I'm really grateful to the club for the smooth way it's been handled.

Everyone knows how much Gloucester Rugby means to me and my family, so I'm delighted to be staying. I'm enjoying my rugby and being part of a talented group of players that are improving week by week.

I genuinely believe that there is a bright future for the club, and look forward to being part of that. I can now focus on my game and playing my part in the club's future. It's very exciting.

– Ben Morgan, Gloucester and England

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Elton John to play Gloucester rugby stadium

Elton John performing in Poland earlier this month Credit: PA

It's been announced that Elton John and his band are to play Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester next year as part of their European tour.

The concert on Sunday 7 June will be the rock star's first ever performance in Gloucester. It will feature classics from his five-decade-long career.

I am very much looking forward to playing my first show in Gloucester. My drummer, Nigel Olsson, and guitarist, Davey Johnstone, have been with me since 1970 and 1972 respectively and we all have such fond memories of our early shows in the area.

The fans there have always shown a great love for my music and my band and I can't wait to bring our show to Kingsholm Stadium. I promise it will be worth the wait and am sure we will all have a fantastic time.

– Elton John

Gloucester Rugby's Chief Executive says the club couldn't be more excited about the gig.

We have held some successful concerts at the stadium in the past but this really enhances our reputation as a venue for top quality acts and will be part of an exciting year for the club, culminating with hosting four fixtures as part of Rugby World Cup 2015 later in the year.

– Stephen Vaughan, Gloucester Rugby's CEO

Tickets go on sale on Friday 28 November at 9am.

Premiership fixtures for Bath and Gloucester announced

Bath and Gloucester have both discovered their opening fixture opponents Credit: PA

The full fixtures lists for the upcoming Aviva Premiership Rugby season have been released.

The season gets underway on Friday 5th of September. New coach Laurie Fisher will take his Gloucester side to Northampton on the opening night.

Elsewhere Bath will face a trip to the North West to Play Sale Sharks at the AJ Bell Stadium.

You can see the full fixture list for the season here.

Friday 5th Sept - Northampton Saints v *Gloucester Rugby *

Saturday 6th Sept - Sale Sharks vs *Bath Rugby *

New Gloucester Rugby coach excited for challenge

Gloucester Rugby's new head coach, Laurie Fisher, has taken to Twitter to speak of his excitement about joining the club.

The Australian joins from UC Brumbies in Canberra.

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