Denman swaps Northampton for Gloucester

Date published: May 3 2017

Gloucester have confirmed the news that prop Gareth Denman will join the club from Premiership rivals Northampton Saints.

The 26-year-old Rotherham-born front rower will link up with the Cherry and Whites after four seasons and over 70 appearances at Franklin's Gardens.

A product of the Leeds Carnegie Academy, Denman joined the Saints in 2013 from Rotherham Titans, and his arrival at Kingsholm adds to the club's front row resources.

A key part of a successful Northampton front row since their title victory in 2014, Denman also caught the eye of the England selectors in 2015 when he appeared against the Barbarians at Twickenham.

Director of Rugby David Humphreys told the club website that he's pleased to have captured the signature of a front row prop in the prime of his career.

"We're delighted to be bringing someone of Gareth's experience and quality into our squad for next season," he said.

"We have spoken at length about the importance of our set piece, and Gareth knows what it takes to be effective in that area of the game.

"We already have a talented pool of props in the squad, and with Gareth's addition, plus the arrivals of Fraser Balmain and Val Rapava Ruskin, we've ensured that we have some real strength in depth going forward."