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Gloucester Rugby announce plans to move training ground

Gloucester Rugby have confirmed they are going to move their training ground away from Hartpury College, but they have not yet decided exactly where to.

The club have trained at the college for some time but they say their current lease, which expires in June 2021, will not be renewed.

They say Hartpury's recent upgrade to University staus, and their plans to expand, mean it will no longer be possible for Gloucester to use their site.

"The partnership between Gloucester Rugby and Hartpury has allowed aspiring players to study at the University and College, whilst working to progress along a rugby pathway," a statement from Gloucester reads.

"However, Gloucester Rugby’s ambitions over the next few years require additional space for our top-flight training facilities. 

"With Hartpury’s recent attainment of university status, and their plans to expand their student numbers, no expansion of our training facilities there was possible."

Gloucester say the link between them and Hartpury will "remain strong", but it was mutually agreed that they should look for a new training site.

"The search began some time ago, and we have identified a number of suitable sites within the county," Gloucester's statement continues.

"We are now developing a shortlist before making a final decision."

Gloucester Rugby’s CEO, Lance Bradley said: "The relationship between Gloucester Rugby and Hartpury has always been a good one, and will continue to be so.

"But we need to make sure that our training facilities match our ambitions as a Club, and we agreed that we would not be able to do that within our current site.

"We therefore began the search for a new site some time ago, and expect to make a final decision within the next few months."

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