THOMAS YOUNG is the latest recruit to join Gloucester Rugby having been part of the Cardiff Blues set-up since leaving school.

Initially a full back, the 21-year-old openside flanker moved to the back row where he has played ever since.

The son of former Wales international and current director of rugby at London Wasps, Dai Young, he has played for Wales at U16 and U18 levels, and represented the U20 side in the Junior World Championship in Italy in 2011.

He made his Cardiff Blues senior debut (2010) against Bath in the LV= Cup.

Gloucester director of rugby Nigel Davies said: "Thomas was very successful throughout the ages groups in Wales. He's a very combative seven, very good on the floor. He would have played against Matt Kvesic in the age grades and he's a similar type of player.

"The Blues have a number of good sevens, they're blessed in that position. He's played a number of times for the Blues, and has been at Pontypridd recently. But there's now an opportunity for him here, and we have a chance to take a good look at him for the rest of the season.

"He comes here full of enthusiasm and looking to make his mark. It's a win-win situation. He's got until the end of the season to show everyone here what he can do, and there may be chances for him here with the internationals just around the corner.”