GLOUCESTER Rugby have decided not to take up the option to retain the services of former Springbok second row Quinton Davids next season.
The 30-year-old, eight-times capped lock, made three Guinness Premiership appearances against London Irish, Newcastle and Saracens.
Head coach Dean Ryan has already secured the services of Italian skipper Marco Bortolami and Cornish Pirates lock Will James ahead of next season and told www.gloucesterrugby.co.uk "At the start of this season we were short of options in that area and Quinton came in and provided valuable cover.
"I would like to thank him for his contribution to Gloucester this season and for the effort and dedication he gave the team that played in the Guinness A League. He was fundamental in their efforts in a highly successful campaign."
Davids made his Gloucester debut in the European Challenge Cup against Bayonne in October and in total played six times for the first team.
Gareth Evans was a first half replacement for the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, but the back rower's impressive carrying kept the hosts on the front foot when they needed it most to snatch a dramatic comeback win.
After his last ditch try clinched the 42-40 Aviva Premiership victory over Newcastle at Kingsholm on Saturday, Billy Burns told GRTV that all the Gloucester team deserve credit for hanging in there against a Falcons team who really made life tough for the Cherry and Whites.
Speaking ahead of Saturday's Aviva Premiership fixture at home to Newcastle Falcons (kick off 3pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys emphasised the importance this weekend of Gloucester building on last week's impressive home victory against the Exeter Chiefs.
Speaking to the assembled national and local media, try-scorer Jonny May was delighted and relieved to have tasted victory on Saturday evening, and is looking forward to the European Rugby Challenge Cup final.
Tom Savage delivered a Man of the Match performance against Exeter Chiefs on his birthday on Saturday evening. He spoke to GRTV after the game about the importance of the European Rugby Challenge Cup win.
Speaking to the local media this week, John Afoa described the hard work that the Cherry and White have been putting in and that he is fighting fit ready for Saturday's European Rugby Challenge Cup semi final clash with Exeter Chiefs.
Land Rover, alongside former England captain Lewis Moody will be at this year's Aviva Premiership Rugby Final on 30 May at Twickenham offering two youngsters a once in a lifetime opportunity to become official mascots for Rugby World Cup 2015.
On Saturday evening, the Gloucester-Hartpury Ladies team, fresh from their historic Junior Cup victory took on their Bath Ladies counterparts at Kingsholm, and despite a hugely spirited comeback, were defeated 33-31 in a high-scoring game.
An independent disciplinary hearing today found that Mariano Galarza was selected for the Aviva Premiership match against Sale Sharks on March 29th, when he did not hold effective registration for Gloucester Rugby. The club was fined £5000 and received a two point deduction, suspended for two years.