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Last minute heartache for Gloucester Rugby at start of new season

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The new Premiership rugby season kicked off tonight, but there was last minute heartache for Gloucester at Kingsholm.

Leicester turned around a 24-point deficit to secure a dramatic victory at Gloucester. The final score was 31-38.

It's three years since a new coaching structure was put in at the club and fans were hoping their side could push for a place in the top 4.

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Bath's Devoto one of 7 uncapped players in new look England squad

The 22 year old can play full-back, centre or fly-half. Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/PA Images

Bath's Ollie Devoto has been been included in Eddie Jones' new look England squad for the upcoming 6 Nations which starts next month.

The 22 year old can play full-back, centre or fly-half and came through the club's academy system, making 34 appearances for the senior side since his debut last season.

Fellow team mates Henry Thomas, George Ford, Jonathan Joseph and Anthony Watson are also named in the squad.

England face Scotland at Murrayfield in their opening game of the Six Nations on February 6th.

Gloucester flanker Matt Kvesic has been been included in Eddie Jones' new look England squad for the upcoming 6 Nations which starts next month.

The openside flanker has been on the fringes of the England squad for a number of seasons but has won just two caps since his debut in 2013.

Despite Gloucester's mixed season, the 23 year old has been one of the stand out performers for his club and with Eddie Jones looking to inject power and pace into a side that performed so poorly at last year's World Cup the hard tackling Kvesic has made the initial squad of 33.

Kvesic is part of a new look squad announced by Eddie Jones Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/PA Images

The full squad announced by Eddie Jones:

Forwards:

Josh Beaumont (Sale Sharks) Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs)Jack Clifford (Harlequins) Jamie George (Saracens) Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints) James Haskell (Wasps)Paul Hill (Northampton Saints) Maro Itoje (Saracens)George Kruis (Saracens)Matt Kvesic (Gloucester Rugby) *injury replacement for Dave Ewers (Exeter Chiefs) Joe Launchbury (Wasps)Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)Joe Marler (Harlequins) Matt Mullan (Wasps) Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)Henry Thomas (Bath Rugby) *injury replacement for Kieran Brookes (Northampton Saints)Billy Vunipola (Saracens) Mako Vunipola (Saracens)

Backs:

Chris Ashton (Saracens) Mike Brown (Harlequins) Danny Care (Harlequins) Elliot Daly (Wasps)Ollie Devoto (Bath Rugby) *injury replacement for Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers) Owen Farrell (Saracens) George Ford (Bath Rugby) Alex Goode (Saracens) Sam Hill (Exeter Chiefs) *injury replacement for Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby)Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs) Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)Marland Yarde (Harlequins) Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

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

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.

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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

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.

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