England star Olly Barkley has dropped a bombshell on Bath by quitting them to join fierce West Country rivals Gloucester.
Barkley will move to Kingsholm on a two-year contract during the summer, joining an all-star squad which currently includes the likes of Lesley Vainikolo, Iain Balshaw, Chris Paterson and Mike Tindall.
And it is a huge setback for Gloucester's Guinness Premiership title rivals Bath, whose England lock Steve Borthwick has already signed a four-year deal with Saracens next term.
Lions skipper Sam Warburton says the lessons he and his Welsh colleagues learnt in Australia last summer will stand them in good stead for their return visit with Britain and Ireland's elite next month.
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