Gloucester to sign New Zealand star Jeremy Thrush

Gloucester have confirmed the signing of New Zealand international lock Jeremy Thrush for next season.

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Thrush, who currently plays for Super Rugby side Hurricanes, is set to move to the Premiership club after New Zealand defend the Rugby World Cup later this year.

After making his international debut against France in June 2013, Thrush has gone on to win 11 caps for the All Blacks and was a part of the squad that toured the UK last November.

"Signing a player of Jeremy's ability further highlights Gloucester's ambition to compete with the best clubs in Europe," Gloucester's director of rugby David Humphreys told the club's official website.

"He has been a stand out performer in Super Rugby over a number of seasons, and the experience he has gained being part of a successful All Blacks squad will be a key element in establishing Gloucester as one of the dominant forward packs in England.

"His recent man of the match performance against Scotland showed what Jeremy will bring to Gloucester in terms of his rugby ability but he will also add huge value to the squad, both on and off the field, through his leadership abilities

"As we continue to build our squad for the 2015-16 season, our initial focus was the retention of key players who were out of contract.

"This has now been done and with Jeremy's announcement this morning, we will continue to add strength in depth to our squad over the next few weeks."

Gloucester are ninth in the Premiership standings, having taken 29 points from 13 matches.

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