Doran Jones one of three new Gloucester signings

English Premiership Rugby club Gloucester have announced that they have signed three front rowers including former England prop Paul Doran Jones.

Doran Jones will leave Harlequins and rejoin his former club Gloucester where he played his club rugby from 2009-2011.

The front rower started his career with Leinster before he moved to London Welsh and then on to Wasps.

Doran Jones then moved to Gloucester in 2009 and then to Northampton Saints in 2011 before joining Harlequins in 2013 where he has 19 appearances.

His time with Gloucester was productive spell for the 29 year old as he made 49 competitive appearances for the first team and earned his first caps for England.

Gloucester have also announced that Paddy McAllister and Nicky Thomas from Aurillac and the Ospreys will also be joining the club.

The 2015-16 season will have a different structure than usual due to Rugby World Cup 2015. There will be no breaks in the fixture calendar once the Aviva Premiership kicks off so strength in depth will be even more important than usual.

A former Ireland U20s international, McAllister started his career with Ballynahinch and made a big impression at Ulster, featuring regularly in the Pro 12 and Heineken Cup until suffering a knee injury in 2012.

He moved to Aurillac last summer where has been coached by another former Ulster player, Jeremy Davidson.

Meanwhile, 20 year old Nicky Thomas moves over the Severn Bridge to join Gloucester from the Ospreys.

He was part of a powerful Wales pack at the Junior World Championships in New Zealand last summer, and has progressed through the Ospreys Academy under the guidance of former Gloucester favourite Mefin Davis, earning considerable playing time with Swansea RFC.

Director of Rugby David Humphreys told the club website today that all three will have a part to play for Gloucester next season.

“It’s very important that we have strength in depth in all positions next season, even more so than usual with the way the fixture schedule is shaping up.

“All three will bring something different to the squad. Paul is primarily a tight-head who can cover the other side of the scrum. Paddy is a loose-head who has turned out at tight-head, and Nicky is a tight-head who is very highly thought of in Wales.

“They all come here with something to prove. Paul probably played his best rugby here and will be looking to recapture that, Paddy is getting back to his best after his knee injury and Nicky is looking to get an opportunity at a senior level.

“With the players we already have under contract in the front row next season, we now have some genuine options at our disposal. “

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