Barkley looking forward to teaming up with Tindall again

Gloucester’s new signing Olly Barkley says that he is looking forward to renewing his centre partnership with his former Bath and England team-mate Mike Tindall at Gloucester.

Barkley made the switch to Gloucester and will play at Kingsholm after leaving Bath this summer. His move comes three years after his fellow England international Tindall made the move.

“It’ll be nice to get a run of games with Tinds,” 26-year-old Barkley told BBC Radio.

“Anthony Allen’s there at the moment and played very well last season, so I’ve got a big task in front of me.”

Barkley is currently on the injured list and is recovering from a broken wrist sustained on England’s tour of New Zealand in June.

The injury could delay his Gloucester debut until September and he has been with the Cherry and Whites for just over a week but he is already confident that his move away from the Recreational Ground was the right one.

“I’d been there for eight years and I wanted [to be] able to say when I finish rugby I gave it a crack somewhere else,” he added.

“Whatever happens I want to give it a good go and Gloucester were the only club that, if I left Bath, could really help me achieve what I want to.”

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