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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 January 2006, 11:53 GMT
Gloucester sign second row James
Gloucester have signed former Pontypridd second row Will James on a two-year deal from National League One side Cornish Pirates.

The 29-year-old will join the club in July after finishing the current season with the Pirates.

"It's a great move for me," James told Gloucester's website.

"This is a fantastic opportunity to have a crack at Premiership rugby and to be joining a club of Gloucester's calibre is a great feeling."

He will add a lot to the second row options we already have available
Gloucester head coach Dean Ryan

James has played in the Heineken Cup with Pontypridd, but has never played in the English Premiership.

Gloucester head coach Dean Ryan added: "We feel Will is a player who has slipped through the net at Premiership level but we have monitored his progress for sometime.

"He has a lot to offer, has Heineken Cup experience and can bring us that physicality in the second row we are keen on.

"He is a big, physical player and will add a lot to the second row options we already have available at the club."

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