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.
Gloucester travel to Oyonnax for the second round of the European Rugby Challenge Cup on Saturday evening, and Director of Rugby David Humphreys is expecting a big test from the French side, feeling that their league position doesn't reflect their recent performances.
Speaking exclusively to Gloucester Rugby TV, Matt Kvesic explained that his decision to extend his contract at Kingsholm was a simple one and that he was hugely excited for the future in Cherry and White.
Speaking after the 55-0 win over CA Brive, Jonny May told GRTV that he's delighted that the team's hard work is starting to pay dividends but was equally happy for his friend and team mate, Charlie Sharples, on what was a big night for his fellow winger.
Speaking to the local media this week, David Humphreys insisted that Gloucester are looking forward to kicking off the new European Rugby Challenge Cup against Brive on Thursday evening, although an unfamiliar opponent and a five day turnaround will pose a challenge.