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Rugby 28May 2015

Hartpury and England flyer Mat Protheroe signs senior contract with Gloucester Rugby

Hartpury and England flyer Mat Protheroe signs senior contract with Gloucester Rugby

The Swansea-born player, equally competent at fly-half or full-back, has deservedly earned rave reviews for his performances this season for Hartpury RFC in National League Division One and made his Aviva Premiership A League debut for Gloucester against the Sale Jets in January.

He also played a starring role as Hartpury’s college rugby side romped to the Under-18s AASE League national colleges title for the sixth successive year this season.
Selected for England Under-18s, Mat produced a Man of the Match performance in their 21-5 victory over France on his debut.

Despite his youth and inexperience, Mat had attracted interest from other top Premiership sides and Director of Rugby, David Humphreys, admitted that he's very pleased that Protheroe has committed his rugby future to Gloucester.

"We're delighted that Mat has decided that Gloucester is the place for him to continue his rugby education and over the next few seasons, we look forward to helping him realise his potential as a rugby player in Cherry and White.

"He will continue to build his rugby experience playing and training alongside James Hook, Billy Twelvetrees, Jonny May and other quality international players."

"His performances for both Hartpury College and Hartpury RFC were bound to attract interest from other teams, so it's a huge boost for the club that he's chosen to sign with Gloucester. Having watched him a number of times throughout the course of the season, his confidence with the ball in hand and his ability to beat defenders mark him out as an outstanding talent.

"Mat is one of a number of excellent prospects who are coming through the Gloucester Academy, players who we believe have the ability to provide the backbone of the Gloucester team for many seasons to come.

"Joe Batley, Elliott Creed, Lloyd Evans, Lewis Ludlow, Dan Thomas, Ollie Thorley and Harry Wilson have all already represented Gloucester at different levels this year and, with many senior players away at the Rugby World Cup next season, they will play an important role in getting the new season off to a good start."

19 Sep 2016 Rugby

Hartpury buzzing for new university challenge as BUCS Super Rugby competition gets set for kick-off

Excitement is building as Hartpury’s University Centre team gets set for kick off in the new BUCS Super Rugby competition, and captain Sebastian Negri says his team are raring to go for the new challenges on the horizon.

16 Sep 2016 Rugby

Hartpury to drive future of student rugby as RFU programme partner

Hartpury University Centre is one of only 15 higher education institutions selected by the Rugby Football Union to be part of a new programme aimed at strengthening and growing student rugby.

12 Aug 2016 Rugby

Norton nips in to secure second silver for former Hartpury students at Rio

Former Hartpury student Dan Norton has become the college’s second Olympic medallist in as many days after picking up a silver in Rio.

05 Aug 2016 Rugby

Welsh duo set for South Africa tour

Hartpury duo Morgan Morris and Jordan Liney have been picked as part of the latest Wales' Under-18 squad set to tour South Africa.