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.
Skipper for the day Aled Thomas praised his Gloucester team mates, especially the younger ones, for the way they took on a tough Ospreys outfit and emerged victorious in the LV= Cup on Saturday afternoon.
Gloucester will field a reshuffled side against the Ospreys in the LV= Cup this weekend, but Backs & Attack Coach Nick Walshe stressed that it's a great opportunity for everyone on duty on Saturday and that maintaining the recent winning run is very important.
Skipper Billy Twelvetrees told GRTV after the win in Brive that the game could have been a tough one to get up for, but that his Gloucester team mates did themselves proud on the night and got a big result.
Reflecting on the 31-20 victory in Brive on Thursday evening, Director of Rugby David Humphreys said that clinching a home European Rugby Challenge Cup quarter-final was the overall aim and duly achieved.
Gloucester Rugby and the Ospreys shared seven tries and 57 points in the LV= Cup at Kingsholm on Saturday. The Cherry and Whites came out on top and the club photographer captured the best of the action.