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 with the local media before the Gloucester team set off on the long trip north to Newcastle, Director of Rugby David Humphreys discussed his team selection and stated that Friday night's meeting will be a challenging one.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, Matt Kvesic was looking forward to the trip to Newcastle Falcons, and the captain is looking to lead from the front with plenty for the Cherry and Whites to work on.
Gloucester saw a 12-0 lead overturned by Harlequins on Friday night as the visitors ran out 22-15 winners. After the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys spoke about missed opportunities on the night.
Speaking to the local media on Thursday, James Hudson explained his excitement for tonight's game with Harlequins and that he is backing the Cherry and White squad to impress during the next set of Aviva Premiership games.
Despite a dream start at Kingston Park, scoring a try after just 26 seconds, Gloucester couldn't capitalise against a dogged Newcastle Falcons side. Too many penalties were conceded and too many errors made as the Falcons prevailed 20-10.
There are three changes to Gloucester Rugby's starting line-up for Friday evening's Aviva Premiership fixture away at Newcastle Falcons. Steve McColl will make his first Premiership start for the club.