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.
Speaking straight after the game, skipper Billy Twelvetrees told GRTV that losing at home to Bath, in front of a tremendous home support, was desperately disappointing and that the whole team were hurting in the dressing room.
Speaking to the local media this week, Richard Hibbard expressed his excitement ahead of the West Country derby and that there is an extra spring in the step of the Cherry and Whites ahead of the tough challenge.
With such a short turnaround between the two games, and Gloucester looking to reintegrate several players into the line-up after the Autumn international series, Tom Savage told GRTV that the Cherry and Whites will keep changes to a minimum for the European Rugby Challenge Cup game in Zebre on Saturday.
On a tough evening at Kingsholm, Gloucester could escape neither a suffocating Bath defence, nor the whistle of referee Greg Garner as six penalties and a penalty try paved the way to a 39-16 win for the visitors.