WARRIORS flanker Matt Kvesic’s summer move to local rivals Gloucester has today been confirmed by the Kingsholm club.
Your Worcester News exclusively revealed on Friday, January 25 that the 20-year-old back-rower, who has this week been training with England’s Six Nations squad, had opted to quit Warriors.
Highly-rated Kvesic, who was last night released from the England training camp to join up with Worcester ahead of Saturday’s Aviva Premiership trip to Bath (2.15pm), was out of contract at the end of this season and has decided his future lies away from Sixways.
The Warriors academy graduate is one of the most promising young talents in English club rugby and his departure is a major blow for Worcester.
Gloucester director of rugby Nigel Davies said: "Matt's a quality player - one we've admired for some time - and we're delighted that he's decided to commit to Gloucester.
"He's not yet 21, but already has considerable experience at Premiership level. The fact that England have called him up to train with them shows how much they think of him.
"He's a true openside, who does the fetching and gathering and acts as a link between backs and forwards. We're looking forward to him arriving in the summer."
Kvesic himself confirmed that it's not been an easy decision, but he feels that the move down the M5 is the right one for him.
"Worcester Warriors is all I've known to date and I'll always be grateful to them for helping me achieve what I have in the game so far. The decision to leave has been a tough one to arrive at.
"However, when I spoke to Nigel and he outlined Gloucester's plans for the future and spoke about the squad he is assembling and where I would fit in, I was excited about the prospect and felt Gloucester would be the right place for me to help take my game to the next level.
"For the rest of the season though, I'm a Worcester player and will continue to give 100 per cent every time I pull on the shirt to help us finish the season as strongly as possible."