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Bath waiting in wings if Gloucester Rugby cannot find room for USA Eagles wideman Luke Hume

By The Citizen  |  Posted: September 18, 2013

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BATH are poised to offer Luke Hume a chance to impress at The Recreation Ground if Gloucester do not snap up the USA Eagles trialist.

The 25-year-old Sydney-born America wing notched his second try in as many Gloucester United appearances at Sale on Monday night.

Gloucester's second string lost out 13-12 at Heywood Road, a last-minute converted try punishing an indisciplined and error-strewn final quarter.

Fit-again Jonny May's break set former Sydney Roosters rugby league man Hume home for his score.

And now boss Nigel Davies will make a decision this week on Hume's Kingsholm future.

Davies has already admitted Hume could add depth to his back-three.

May is back to fitness after dislocating his elbow in the 42-17 pre-season defeat at Toulon on Friday, August 9.

But powerful wing Shane Monahan is still two months away from a return, after dislocating his shoulder in the same match at Stade Mayol.

Gloucester rugby director Davies could offer Hume a short-term deal to cover Monahan's injury.

The quick-footed wideman has the ability to bisect the line cutting off his wing, in similar vein to Monahan.

The Citizen understands Hume would favour a contract at Gloucester, but appreciates opportunity may be limited.

The Gloucester board would have to sanction any salary outlay, and any new recruits must fall into the injury dispensation bracket.

Premiership Rugby rules allow clubs to spend beyond the salary cap to bring in recruits to offset long-term injuries.

The Gloucester board will consider injury-dispensation signings, but are not about to blow their long-term budgetary strategy.

Speed king May has seen enough of Hume to urge boss Davies to add him to the Kingsholm roster.

The 23-year-old explained: "Luke has really impressed in his two games.

"I know it might be tricky, but he's definitely good enough to make an impact."

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  • star-turn  |  September 20 2013, 11:53AM

    Yes, Hume does look like a real prospect, much as Rupҽrt Hardҽn, our first choice and therefore best tight head without any doubt whatsoever, has proved to have been in game after game.

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