Mat Protheroe: Gloucester sign Hartpury College fly-half

Gloucester finished ninth in the Premiership in 2014-15

Gloucester have signed England Under-18 international fly-half Mat Protheroe from Hartpury College.

Swansea-born Protheroe scored seven tries in 14 appearances for National League One side Hartpury this season.

The 18-year-old also made his debut for Gloucester's reserve side in the Premiership A League in January.

"We're delighted that Mat has decided that Gloucester is the place for him to continue his rugby education," director of rugby David Humphreys said.

"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."