Cooper to breath fire at Gloucester

Wales scrum-half Gareth Cooper has signed a two-year deal to join Gloucester and is determined to make the most of the “opportunity of a lifetime”.

Cooper will move to Kingsholm from Newport-Gwent Dragons and will compete for the number nine shirt next season with Scotland’s Rory Lawson and Mike Prendergast, the Irishman recently signed from Bourgoin.

The 27-year-old, who spent four years at Bath earlier in his career, has been capped 30 times by his country.

“When you come from Wales there are certain rugby clubs in England that you immediately associate with history, pride and tradition – and Gloucester is one of the biggest,” said Cooper.

“Their coaching staff are amazingly driven, the squad that is being assembled is one of the best in Europe, and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be involved with such a progressive and talented set-up.

“This is the opportunity of a lifetime for me and (head coach) Dean Ryan’s ambition to make Gloucester the dominant force in club rugby is something I want to be part of.”

Ryan is delighted to have got his man.

“Gareth has all the qualities you would associate with an international number nine and his ability to break the line can be devastating to the opposition,” Ryan said.

“The signings announced so far and those still to come show the competitive depth we are creating right throughout the squad. I’m really pleased we have been able to recruit Gareth and am expecting big things from him.”


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