GLOUCESTER have snapped up highly-rated Jersey second-row James Voss on a unique scholarship with Hartpury College.
The 19-year-old becomes the first recipient of the new Gloucester-Hartpury scholarship which is designed to support exceptional rugby talent with university studies.
Voss made his debut and won the man-of-the-match award against Newcastle Falcons at just 18, and has continued to impress in the Championship.
The scheme will provide financial support to a limited number of individuals, who display the potential to perform in the Premiership.
Voss’ scholarship will cover his tuition fees, for a foundation degree in Sports Business management at the college, and accommodation, while encouraging development with the Gloucester and Hartpury Senior Rugby programme.
Hartpury's Director of Elite Sport Phil de Glanville, said: "Rugby players are continually having to find the balance between developing the skills needed for life after rugby, either through injury or retirement, and giving themselves the best chance of succeeding in the professional game.
"The joint Gloucester and Hartpury scholarship gives aspiring professional players the chance to do that, combining an academic degree alongside training and playing for Gloucester and Hartpury.
"It is truly the best of both worlds. I would like to congratulate James Voss on being the first Gloucester-Hartpury scholar and look forward to seeing him develop both his rugby and gain a degree with us."
It is hoped Voss and future scholars will follow in the footsteps of Koree Britton, Billy Burns, Gareth Evans, Jonny May, Ryan Mills, Steph Reynolds, Dan Robson, Tom Savage, Charlie Sharples, Elliott Stooke and Henry Trinder who have all studied at Hartpury and starred for Gloucester Rugby.