FORMER Hartpury captain Andries Pretorius will leave Cardiff Blues to join Worcester Warriors at the end of the season.
The South African-born Wales number eight attended the college on a rugby scholarship and led them to EDF Energy Intermediate Cup glory in 2009.
Pretorius was also a member of the Gloucester academy for three years before joining the Cardiff Blues.
He captained the Welsh region last season and made his Wales debut against Japan in the summer, after qualifying for his adopted country on residency grounds.
But it is understood he was not offered a new deal by the Blues and he has been snapped up by Dean Ryan for a move to Sixways.
Meanwhile fellow Welshman Matthew Morgan has emerged as the latest fly-half to be linked to the Cherry and Whites ahead of the next campaign.
The diminutive pivot has fallen down the pecking order at the Ospreys with Sam Davies, the son of Gloucester director of rugby, establishing himself as Dan Biggar’s deputy.
Morgan has not been offered a new contract at the Liberty Stadium and is desperate for more regular game time.
Northampton Saints and Leicester Tigers were reportedly interested in his signature but there is now speculation that Gloucester and Newport Gwent Dragons could enter the running.
Morgan is unlikely to be a direct replacement for Freddie Burns, who is seemingly Tigers-bound. Gloucester are short of fly-half options, with Billy Twelvetrees recently slotting in, and Morgan would provide cover at both the pivotal position and full-back.