Cheltenham College students sign with Gloucester Rugby

Charles Tchen and Jack Clement will now be locking horns with the likes of Danny Cipriani and Billy Twelvetrees in pre-season

Two Cheltenham College students, Charles Tchen and Jack Clement, have been offered professional contracts with Gloucester Rugby, only a few years after joining the academy system.

Clement, who has been offered a long-term contract, initially joined the school as a cricketer, before discovering a passion for rugby during 4th form. He played an integral part in the Cheltenham College XV team that went unbeaten in 2018 and captained the side this year. With some outstanding performances for school and club, he represented England at U18 and U19 level.

Yet more pupils achieving professional contracts once again demonstrates the strength of our program and also the long-standing link with Gloucester Rugby

Tchen, who also played for Cheltenham College XV in 2018, has been in formidable form this season on the wing for the school and his great potential, particularly highlighted in the sevens arena, has seen him rewarded with a short-term deal.

Supported by the team at Cheltenham College, the pair’s rate of development has been so spectacular that they will now be locking horns with the likes of Danny Cipriani and Billy Twelvetrees in pre-season.

Tchen said: “It’s amazing to be in this position. I have really enjoyed developing my game at College, and to have a contract to continue playing professionally is a dream.”


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Director of rugby, Olly Morgan, said: “I am immensely proud. Yet more pupils achieving professional contracts once again demonstrates the strength of our program and also the long-standing link with Gloucester Rugby. Although Jack and Charles have not been all the way through the pathway, it highlights their commitment and work ethic to achieve a goal in such a short period of time.”

Clement added: “Thank you to Olly Morgan and Nick Runciman for coaching and inspiring us over the past few years. Not only do they train and advise us on how to keep a balance between our work and sport, but they are also committed to us developing as players and as people.”