Cinderford RFC: Foresters sign Gloucester's Dave Lewis on loan
CINDERFORD have strengthened their blossoming partnership with Gloucester by signing former England Under-20s scrum-half Dave Lewis on dual registration.
The 23-year-old, who has made 82 cherry and white appearances, goes straight into contention for a place in the Foresters’ squad for their National One trip to Esher on Saturday.
The top two clubs in Gloucestershire have already seen movement this season with academy prop Tom Heard gaining valuable experience at Dockham Road, in the third tier of English rugby.
But that relationship has stepped up another level with the arrival of first team man Lewis, who trained with his new team-mates for the first time on Tuesday night.
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That session saw Kingsholm defence coach Paul Moriarty cast his experienced eye over the Forest of Dean outfit and he has agreed to take more sessions in future.
Lewis has made just one start for parent club Gloucester this season with opportunities potentially becoming limited following the arrival of New Zealand World Cup winner Jimmy Cowan.
Rising prospect Dan Robson continues to improve and as revealed in today’s Citizen, Gloucester director of rugby Nigel Davies has now signed Hartpury nine Brad Field on dual registration.
However, with two tough fixtures against Premiership finalists Leicester and Harlequins in the next fortnight, Davies may want all of his scrum-half options to be fit and firing on all cylinders.
Manchester-born Lewis will link up with former Gloucester club-mate Jack Adams at the Mary Beavis Memorial Ground, who has looked impressive so far at outside centre.
Adams has helped Cinderford make a great start to the season and they currently sit third in a division two steps below the Premiership following their 34-19 win over Blackheath last Saturday.
The Blackheath triumph saw regular nine Sam Arnott limp off injured and he joins fellow halfback Danny Pointon on the sidelines, who is on his way back from shoulder surgery.
Lewis joined Gloucester before the 2007-08 season from Exeter Chiefs and played for England Under-20s in the 2009 Junior World Championship and is available for both Gloucester and Cinderford now.
Cinderford have supplied numerous players for Gloucester’s A team and Lewis can top up his game time having seen Freddie Burns, Henry Trinder and Shaun Knight dual registered in the past.