JAMES SIMPSON-DANIEL will be back in Gloucester colours tomorrow when Dean Ryan's side continue their pre-season programme away at Llanelli (2.30pm).
And the Kingsholm winger cannot wait to get back into the action following yet more injury heartache on England's summer tour to Australia, where he was ruled out of action with a badly bruised left leg.
But he will return to action at Stradey Park, desperate to get some rugby in his legs as time ticks down to the start of the Guinness Premiership season.
Head coach Dean Ryan has yet to finalise his line-up but it is expected that Simpson-Daniel will be joined in the starting XV by centre Anthony Allen, locks Jonathan Pendlebury and Adam Eustace, props Patrice Collazo and Christian Califano, Willie Walker and Ludovic Mercier.
"Some of the guys have been back in pre-season training for 10 weeks and last week could not wait to get back onto the paddock and get a bit of a puff on - I know exactly how they feel," Simpson-Daniel said.
"It will be great to get back out there and get some miles in the tank. All the boys look ultra-fit, are raring to go and want to progress from the game last week.
"There is plenty of time for us to find form and the right combinations - it is a very long season - but we obviously want to take more from this match than the first one and continue to build on the foundations which to me look very, very strong.
"My leg feels fine and I just cannot wait to get that Gloucester shirt on again."
It is expected that Gloucester's line-up will again see new combinations and faces as Ryan moulds his squad together. Ryan Lamb will not be considered for selection because of an ankle injury.
Jonny May's superb late score capped a thrilling 40-32 European play-off win over Connacht on Sunday. The winger spoke afterwards of his team's character and spirit as he looked ahead to one more week of rugby.
Speaking to GRTV this afternoon, Director of Rugby David Humphreys hailed the 'never say die' attitude of the team, after despite not being at their best, fighting back to take a 40-32 win after extra time over Connacht.
Jonny May continues on the wing on Sunday as Connacht come to town, and the England wing explains to the local media this week that he is delighted with his form and is looking forward to taking on Pat Lam's men.
Speaking to the local media this week, front rower John Afoa is familiar with the challenge of Connacht from his time in Belfast, and the World Cup winner is fully aware of the challenge they pose ahead of Sunday's meeting in the Champions Cup play off
Speaking ahead of Gloucester's European Rugby Champions play-off against Connacht on Sunday (Kingsholm, 3:30pm), Director of Rugby David Humphreys admitted that he's glad to have more players available than in recent weeks ahead of a tough fixture.
Nick Wood captained the Cherry and Whites on Saturday afternoon, and the experienced front rower expressed his pride in the young squad in defeat to Bath on the final day of the Aviva Premiership season.
Lewis Ludlow scored Gloucester's opening try in the 30-50 defeat at Bath on Saturday, part of an impressive performance by the young back row forward. Speaking after the game, he paid tribute to the young Gloucester side who went toe to toe with the Aviva Premiership semi-finalists.
Speaking to the local media after the game, Director of Rugby David Humphreys gave an honest assessment of the game, and expressed his pride in the way his young charges had performed against the title-chasing hosts.
Speaking to the local media this week, Gloucester Rugby scrum half Callum Braley is excited by the challenge of the West Country Derby, and the ex-Bristol man reveals the squad will be giving their all.
At the recent London Irish game, personnel from the Imjin Barracks in Innsworth, including Gurkhas, were present, holding a collection to raise funds for ShelterBox to aid relief from the recent Nepal Earthquake Appeal.
It was a thriller at Kingsholm on Sunday afternoon, as Gloucester snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, leveling the scores in the final minute before triumphing in extra time over a spirited Connacht side.
Having defeated Connacht Rugby in dramatic fashion in the first play-off for the final spot in the 2015-16 European Rugby Champions Cup, Gloucester Rugby can confirm ticketing details for next Sunday's game against Bordeaux-Begles at Sixways.