ALEX Brown’s recommendation helped Will Graulich seal a move to Cornish Pirates for next season.
The 20-year-old Gloucester lock has completed a deal to move to the Championship club, in a bid for regular first-team rugby.
The former England age-group international spent 2011-12 on loan with Cinderford, before making three first-team Gloucester appearances this season.
But his opportunities have been limited behind the likes of evergreen Will James, new recruit Lua Lokotui, Tom Savage and the fast-developing England Under-20s cap Elliott Stooke.
With Newcastle’s James Hudson on board for next season and Stooke primed to step more regularly into the first-team reckoning, Graulich’s opportunities looked limited.
So he will head south to link up with head coach Ian Davies, who admitted Gloucester’s new rugby operations manager Brown gave the young lock a ringing endorsement.
Davies said: “Will comes highly recommended by Alex Brown at Gloucester and obviously he knows a thing or two about playing in the second row.
“Will is a young player with enormous potential and it is our job to make sure he is given the platform to fully reach it.”